Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act Law and Legal Definition

The Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act is a federal attempt to ensure that forensic evidence used in criminal cases is of the highest scientific integrity; and to strengthen and reform forensic science in the criminal justice system. The Act guarantee that forensic science reform efforts are guided by scientists and experts with both criminal justice expertise and scientific independence by establishing oversight and advisory offices and committees that are facilitated and supported by the Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST). The Act lays down rigorous and consistent standards in the forensic science disciplines, including standards for the accreditation of forensic science laboratories and the certification of forensic science professionals working in laboratories that receive federal funding.