The term ‘forensic’ is often seen in television shows in reference to science (think CSI), but it’s original meaning in English is etymologically related to forum, which began as an adjective meaning “belonging to, used in, or suitable to courts or to public discussion and debate.”

From this, the noun forensic was derived, meaning simply “an argumentative exercise,” whether inside a court of law or out. In laymen’s terms, forensic relates to the application of something to the legal/court sphere.

And, not unlike other disciplines, forensics can also be applied to investigations. After all, everything we do has the potential to find its way to a court or tribunal.

Forensic doesn’t describe the science itself, but the purpose and application of that science: to detect a crime, and especially to uncover evidence that can be used in court.

Professional investigation (whether in government or private) is founded in Six essential pillars. Sometimes referred to as 5WH, these six pillars of a good investigation aim to discover who, what, where, when, why and how.

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