Journal Published Online: 01 November 2001
Volume 46, Issue 6

Earmarks as Evidence: A Critical Review



The use of earmarks as evidence in criminal trials appears to be expanding, but there is something of a dearth of peer-reviewed scientific publications to support the pursuit. This paper is a critical review of the current literature in which we emphasize the weaknesses of the present state of knowledge. Some research directions are proposed to gather statistical knowledge of the within-source and between-source variability of earmarks and earprints. Its ultimate goal is to be able to assess likelihood ratios in relation to this type of evidence.

Author Information

Champod, C
The Forensic Science Service, Trident Court, Solihull Parkway, Birmingham Business Park, Solihull
Evett, IW
The Forensic Science Service, London
Kuchler, B
Institut de Police Scientifique et de Criminologie, Batiment de chimie, Lausanne-Dorigny
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15146J