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Accessible legal tips, know-how and news for anyone with a complaint or legal issue from Stephen Gold, author of The Return of Breaking Law, the book

Thursday 23 November 2017

Unreliable Hair Strand Testing for drug and alcohol use

Did hair strand tests mark you down as a drug addict or alcoholic - or both? And was the only drug you had ever taken  a paracetamol tablet for a headache and sneezing and the only drink you had ever consumed a glass of Babycham at your Mum's birthday party? Then you may be able to secure the overturn of a family court order which went against you on the strength of faulty forensic testing evidence. 

Radox Testing Services (see http://www.breakinglaw.co.uk/search/label/forensic%20evidence) have already been the subject of possible concern, according to the Ministry of Justice. Now the Ministry has announced that it is treating test results by Trimega Laboratories Limited between 2010 and April 2014 as potentially unreliable. Testing by this company in criminal proceedings has been the focus of some media attention since the announcement. But family - and possibly non-family - civil cases will also be involved. Should you have been the victim in such a case of a miscarriage of justice on the strength of a dodgy forensic test by Trimega then, put down the cuppa, cancel Chase for 5pm today and get to a solicitor or legal advice agency.