Evaluation of hair strand testing in care proceedings


Mark Love represented the Applicant Local Authority in a re-hearing of care proceedings in relation to a child, whose mother accepted that she had a long, chronic history of substance misuse. Central to the case was the interpretation of hair strand test results. Following an evaluation of expert evidence, Mr Justice Hayden highlighted that "hair strand testing should never be regarded as determinative or conclusive" and that "expert evidence must be placed within the context of the broader picture" (para 32).

The judgment is available here.

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