Bertillon System Law and Legal Definition

Bertillon System is a criminal identification system that was used in early days. It is the first scientific criminal identification method. This system was developed by the French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon, and was adopted in France in 1888. The Bertillon System uses detailed record of body measurements, physical description, and skeletal classification to identify a person. However, the more accurate procedure of fingerprinting has largely replaced this system.