Testimonials

Chris Pearson

Barrister

I had the pleasure of working with Jae Gerhard from Independent Forensic Services on a complicated issues of DNA evidence in a criminal Trial in Victoria in 2022.

The Trial involved an issue of interpreting the possible scenarios by which DNA was deposited on items of clothing, and Jae provided her reports in a good and timely way.

Those reports were excellently researched as well as being very easy to understand.

We spoke for a long time before Jae eventually gave sworn evidence at the Trial, and she was able to describe to me in completely understandable language why it was that the conclusions that had been reached in the case by the police funded Victorian Forensic Services Laboratory were able to be challenged.

Jae then followed that up by giving evidence in the Trial. She was an excellent and thoroughly knowledgeable witness who was able to describe things in a completely comprehensible way.

The result of all of this was that the DNA evidence in the Trial was excluded – as it should have been.

So, I have no hesitation in recommending the expert services of Independent Forensic Services in general and of Jae Gerhart in particular wherever an issue to do with DNA evidence arises.

Tania M Collins – General Counsel

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

As the largest criminal legal practice in the Northern Territory, our service is reliant upon being able to access expertise quickly and of the highest calibre for our clients. Jae Gerhard is the expert I turn to for assistance on complex DNA cases and she has always been accessible, professional and able to explain complex information in a manner I can understand, and then make my clients understand. I highly recommend her and her team, you can be reassured you will be dealing with the best experts in this area.

Emily Cousins

Caldicott Lawyers – Solicitor

I briefed Jae at short notice on a complex DNA and Blood Pattern Analysis matter with thousands of pages of casefile material. Jae worked tirelessly on the file to meet strict deadlines, and produced detailed and well considered reports. I have no hesitation in recommending Jae, and will brief her again being confident of the high standard of work that will be produced.

Tania M Collins – General Counsel

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

As the largest criminal legal practice in the Northern Territory, our service is reliant upon being able to access expertise quickly and of the highest calibre for our clients. Jae Gerhard is the expert I turn to for assistance on complex DNA cases and she has always been accessible, professional and able to explain complex information in a manner I can understand, and then make my clients understand. I highly recommend her and her team, you can be reassured you will be dealing with the best experts in this area.

Chris Pearson

Barrister

I had the pleasure of working with Jae Gerhard from Independent Forensic Services on a complicated issues of DNA evidence in a criminal Trial in Victoria in 2022.

The Trial involved an issue of interpreting the possible scenarios by which DNA was deposited on items of clothing, and Jae provided her reports in a good and timely way.

Those reports were excellently researched as well as being very easy to understand.

We spoke for a long time before Jae eventually gave sworn evidence at the Trial, and she was able to describe to me in completely understandable language why it was that the conclusions that had been reached in the case by the police funded Victorian Forensic Services Laboratory were able to be challenged.

Jae then followed that up by giving evidence in the Trial. She was an excellent and thoroughly knowledgeable witness who was able to describe things in a completely comprehensible way.

The result of all of this was that the DNA evidence in the Trial was excluded – as it should have been.

So, I have no hesitation in recommending the expert services of Independent Forensic Services in general and of Jae Gerhart in particular wherever an issue to do with DNA evidence arises.

 

Tania M Collins – General Counsel

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

As the largest criminal legal practice in the Northern Territory, our service is reliant upon being able to access expertise quickly and of the highest calibre for our clients. Jae Gerhard is the expert I turn to for assistance on complex DNA cases and she has always been accessible, professional and able to explain complex information in a manner I can understand, and then make my clients understand. I highly recommend her and her team, you can be reassured you will be dealing with the best experts in this area.

 

Emily Cousins

Caldicott Lawyers – Solicitor

I briefed Jae at short notice on a complex DNA and Blood Pattern Analysis matter with thousands of pages of casefile material. Jae worked tirelessly on the file to meet strict deadlines, and produced detailed and well considered reports. I have no hesitation in recommending Jae, and will brief her again being confident of the high standard of work that will be produced.

 

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BODY FLUID DETECTION

The detection of human biological fluids such as blood, semen or saliva is of critical importance when evaluating DNA evidence. We’re across the broad spectrum of techniques used in detecting body fluids, including blood, semen, saliva and urine. Use us to interpret findings obtained by other agencies or to examine exhibits independently. When body fluid is detected, and a DNA profile obtained from a stained area, it’s vital to get an expert opinion as to whether the DNA derived from the body fluid detected. Where this doesn’t happen, we’re here to bridge that gap. We offer a comprehensive understanding of what body fluid and DNA evidence mean in the context of prosecution and defence accounts.

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DNA ANALYSIS

We draw on our extensive experience analysing DNA within operational forensic science laboratories. To verify or refute a result, we can review the case-specific methodology used or process DNA samples independently. If your case involves processing DNA samples, get in touch with us now so we can turnaround the analysis before your court deadline.

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DNA INTERPRETATION

Understanding DNA profiles is complex and involves elaborate statistical analyses. To provide an independent evaluation of DNA profiling results, our scientists use STRmix™ to interpret and statistically evaluate DNA profiles. We go beyond reporting a simple match or no match; instead, we look at DNA results in a case-specific context to form an opinion on what the results really mean.

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BLOODSTAIN PATTERN ANALYSIS (BPA)

We use biology (properties of blood), physics (projectile motion and fluid dynamics) and mathematics (geometry, distance and angles) to interpret bloodstains and recreate the actions that caused them. At the crime scene, we look at the appearance, distribution, size, range, shape and spread of bloodstains on weapons, clothes or objects to interpret the event. In essence, BPA aids in determining the credibility of witness, victim and suspect statements. It also provides an investigative aspect to help paint a picture of the event when there’s little information available.

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CRIME SCENE EXAMINATION

We know that recovering and collecting evidence at the scene of the crime is pivotal to your case. If not completed with paramount precision, you risk compromising your entire case. With our crime scene experience, we can review the evidence collected at the crime scene to determine its reliability. This process is more important than ever as in some jurisdictions, crime scene examiners collect DNA samples, rather than subjecting them to the rigours of scientific testing.

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EXPERT WITNESS

Our scientists are qualified and experienced as expert witnesses having provided expert evidence to courts across Australia and internationally.  We can assist in providing appropriate lines of questioning for expert witnesses, or appear as an expert witness in court.

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