Family court cases in contention after alleged forensic “tampering”


The Government are looking at the impact of potential forensic toxicology manipulation at two major test result centres, in a case that may have affected thousands of family court proceedings between 2010 and 2014.

The police are currently investigating two private forensic toxicology companies for the alleged tampering and manipulation of data from blood samples.

Reports suggest that up to 10,000 forensic tests “may have been manipulated”.

In the family court, hair strand testing for drug and alcohol use was undertaken by Trimega Laboratories – one of the two companies under investigation – between 2010 and April 2014.

“These are cases where the court was asked to make decisions about a child’s upbringing and may have ordered a toxicology test to be carried out to help it make decisions,” said the Government impact report.

“Court proceedings may either have been started by the local authority, by parents, or others. A local authority may have made an application to ask the court for an order, for example, to place a child into local authority care or under the local authority’s supervision. A parent (or other person) may have made an application, for example, for a child arrangements order (previously known as a contact or residence order) or special guardianship order.”

The Government advised that if you believe a test by Trimega was carried out in your case and may have materially affected the decisions made in respect of your children, you should contact your local authority or the original solicitor from the original court proceedings.

Last week, the BBC reported that around 50 drug-driving prosecutions had been dropped because the original test results may have been “manipulated”.

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