Critically Examining the Forensic Sciences
Inquiries and Reports
Considers the importance of critically examining the forensic sciences, focusing on the Ratushny Self Defence Review, the Morin Inquiry, the Inquiry regarding Thomas Sophonow, the Manitoba Forensic Evidence Review Committee, the Driskell Inquiry and the Goudge Inquiry. The chapter also discusses a path forward from these missteps through strengthening forensic science. The 2012 Hart House Report, which reviewed the state of forensic science in Canada and made recommendations for its improvement, is also touched upon.
Sarah Harland-Logan, BA, JD, is an associate at Kapoor Barristers, a criminal defence firm in Toronto, Ontario. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree (magna cum laude) from Harvard University, where she studied English literature and health policy. During her undergraduate years she also served as special assistant to Dr. James Orbinski, past International President, Médecins Sans Frontières. Ms. Harland-Logan earned her juris doctorate at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2014. In law school, she worked in the criminal and university affairs divisions at Downtown Legal Services, examined CSIS practices with regard to security certificates at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, and prosecuted provincial offences in Toronto and Kenora. Ms. Harland-Logan began volunteering with Innocence Canada (formerly known as the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted [AIDWYC]) in 2012 and is the principal author of the “Historical Cases” section of Innocence Canada’s website. After completing her articles at Greenspan Humphrey Lavine, she was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015 and subsequently worked as a sole practitioner focusing on Ontario Review Board disposition appeals. Ms. Harland-Logan is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Toronto Lawyers Association.