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Every perpetrator of a criminal act leaves a trace behind, if only a microscopic one. And we are able to find it, be it a fingerprint, a hair, a drop of blood, footprint, murder weapon, fibre from clothing …, nothing remains hidden. From the moment when the inspection of the scene of a crime or accident starts to the expert analysis and final report or expert opinion, we must correctly, carefully and precisely secure and record all facts and traces, so that they can have a useful evidential and procedural value later in the criminal procedure.

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Although Slovenian criminal technicians and forensic scientists would prefer that their work was not necessary, reality has other ideas: the number of requests for our expert investigations, reviews and analyses increases every year.

We have so far managed to find many perpetrators of criminal acts (by means of investigation of human DNA we have, for example, found several thousand perpetrators who would otherwise have remained undetected!), while no less important is that we have established the innocence of various suspects. We are exceptionally proud of every such small victory because we are aware that each one contributes to raising the standards of investigation of criminal acts and helps to ensure the safety of the residents of Slovenia.

The first Slovenian criminal technology laboratory was established in 1950 in Ljubljana. Since then, Slovenian forensics has been developing, introducing new methods and raising the standards of criminal investigation, especially intensively in recent decades. Today, it is impossible to imagine the investigation of criminal acts without it. We will tirelessly follow its future development and perform good, impartial and reliable forensic investigations.

National Forensic Laboratory

For the police and judiciary, the National Forensic Laboratory undertakes investigations of material traces from crime scenes in order to identify, classify and individualise them. For this purpose, it uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment, operated by highly trained experts. They also participate in inspections of the scenes of crimes, accidents and other events, and in house searches.

The laboratory is the administrator of forensic records, and it also operates an archive of traces and comparative samples. It deals with the updating and development of forensic investigation in Slovenia and prepares and implements training programmes pertaining to investigations and inspections. Since 2010 it has been accredited by Slovenian Accreditation with the accreditation number LP-094 in the field of testing (SIST EN ISO/IEC 17025). The scope of the accredited activity of the laboratory is being constantly expanded and is fully displayed in an appendix to the accreditation document. Employees of the laboratory are capable of almost a hundred different types of investigation, which they perform in accordance with professional guidelines. The majority of the most important ones are accredited, for example, investigation of human DNA, illicit drugs, fire residue, investigation of notes and signatures, fingerprint detection, etc.

The Slovenian National Forensic Laboratory is also a founding and respected member of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and has actively participated since 1995 in 13 working groups at the highest scientific level in Europe.

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