An interdepartmental scientific and practical seminar “Current problems of organizing and conducting forensic expertise in linguistic specialties” was held in Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.
In the last decade there has been an expansion of the practice of using special knowledge in linguistics in solving problems of criminal, civil and economic legal justice. In particular, the experts of KFI conducted complex forensic examinations related to military actions in the East of Ukraine, armed aggression against our state, crimes against the grounds of national security, territorial integrity of Ukraine and support of separatist actions.
At the same time, the analysis of expert practice and the review of literary sources showed that, despite the high demand for linguistic expertise, the legal and theoretical foundations of this kind require updating and constant systemic modernization.
Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise pointed out in the welcoming speech that Ukrainian expert practice, standards for conducting forensic examinations must meet international requirements.
“First of all, we are talking about cooperation and mutual support. We have already started working with the leading expert institutions of the European Union. Our specialists recently took part in the meeting of the 20th Forensic Speech and Audio Analysis Working Group Meeting of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutions (ENFSI). Such events are important because Ukrainian forensic experts have the opportunity to get acquainted with foreign colleagues, share experiences, learn modern technologies and novelties, and can be useful in expert work,” emphasized Oleksandr Ruvin.
Participants of the seminar agreed that the relevant departments conducting linguistic examinations should work as a team in the search for solutions to problematic issues. So, for consideration of participants the current problems of the organization and carrying out of forensic examinations on linguistic specialties was considered; the creation of a new subspecies of expertise – a semantic-textual analysis of written and spoken language and the necessary procedural changes associated with the certification of experts; solution of procedural and other problems of interaction of experts in the linguistic specialties.
In the course of the seminar, speakers’ speeches were changed to the format of the round table. Each participant present had the opportunity to express their opinion on the issue under discussion. In general, the panel of experts came to a common conclusion and agreement on a common position.