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Although not really forensic linguistics this got me thinking about reliability and expertise in lip-reading evidence. A quick trawl of the Internet came up with this interesting and critical paper:

http://www.qebholliswhiteman.co.uk/articles-pdfs/forensic-lip-reading.pdf

Although this report is rather old and the criticisms may no longer be current it is noticable that this practitioner is reported to be working in a current case in Australia:

 

http://m.smh.com.au/victoria/battle-over-lipread-expert-in-crown-shutdown-case-20120628-214dd.html

 

As with lip-reading evidence forensic linguistics has no formal qualification requirements and no authoritative system of accreditation. It is also quite possible that a practitioner could continue in their work after significant criticism or censure by a Court.


Via Tim Grant