The forensic entomology case report - a global perspective

  • Simple Summary: Forensic entomologists are most often tasked with determining when arthropods colonized living or deceased vertebrates. In most cases, this estimation involves humans; however, pets, livestock, and other domesticated animals can also be illegally killed or victims of neglect. Globally, there is no standard format for the case report, and much of the content is based on the personal preferences of the analyst or standards set within a country. The article below proposes a general overview of sections to be considered when drafting a case report. Abstract: Forensic practitioners analyzing entomological evidence are faced with numerous challenges when presenting their findings to law practitioners, particularly in terms of terminology used to describe insect age, what this means for colonization time of remains, and the limitations to estimates made. Due to varying legal requirements in different countries, there is no standard format for the entomological case report prepared, nor any guidelines as to the sections that are required, optional or unnecessary in a case report. The authors herein propose sections that should be considered when drafting an entomological case report. The criteria under which entomological evidence is analyzed are discussed, as well as the limitations for each criterion. The concept of a global, standardized entomological case report is impossible to achieve due to national legislative differences, but the authors here propose a basic template which can be adapted and changed according to the needs of the practitioner. Furthermore, while the discussion is fairly detailed, capturing all differences between nations could not be accomplished, and those initiating casework for the first time are encouraged to engage other practicing forensic entomologists or professional associations within their own nation or region, to ensure a complete report is generated that meets lab or national requirements, prior to generating a finalized report.

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Author:Zanthé Kotzé, Sylvain Aimar, Jens AmendtORCiDGND, Gail S. Anderson, Luc Bourguignon, Martin J.R. Hall, Jeffery K. Tomberlin
Parent Title (English):Insects
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/03/25
Date of first Publication:2021/03/25
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/10/19
Tag:Calliphoridae; criteria; expert witness statement; legislation; limitations
Issue:4, art. 283
Page Number:11
First Page:1
Last Page:11
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0