AFP forensics & fingerprints

AFP forensics & fingerprints

The second session of the Criminal Law Masterclass Series will be presented by Renee Wilson. Renee will provide details on fingerprints, processes, and forensic capabilties.

The Criminal Law Masterclass Series has been developed by the Law Society's Criminal Law Committee, in concert with the Australian Federal Police Forensics Team, to provide solicitors with insight into issues between the courts, the AFP, and lawyers. 

Experts from the AFP Forensics Team will present a series of seminars to help bridge the gaps of knowledge on topics such as evidence, disclosure requirements to the courts, digital forensics, fingerprints, forensic biology information, and DNA evidence.

Whether you practice in criminal law, or simply have an interest in how forensics interact with the court process, this series will be full of interesting detail and insight, and will greatly assist with future court proceedings. 

The series will contain four presentations in total, with one being held as part of the 2021 Intensive Series. Special pricing will apply if you attend all three non-Intensive sessions of the Criminal Law Masterclass Series. 

If you have any questions about the series, or the special pricing, please contact Carissa Webster via email on  


  • When: 5.30-7pm, Thursday 4 February 2021. In consideration of other attendees, we seek your cooperation in arriving on time.
  • Where: T2 theatre space on L2, Cultural Centre, Kambri Precinct, ANU, Canberra City
  • Members will earn 1.5 CPD unit in Core Area 4
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close 1 February 

Fees are payable upon registration. 30 days payment invoices are available to members at the discretion of the Law Society. A 1.3% surcharge may be incurred on online payments. The Society reserves the right to cancel or alter events at its discretion, and in such circumstances, attendees will be notified via email.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made in writing, and all cancellations will incur a fee, however, no charge will be incurred for substituting another person. Outside of the cancellation periods given below, a $10 administration fee will be incurred for any cancellation made. If a registered attendee fails to attend without notifying the Society in writing, no credit or refund will be offered and 100% of the total cost will be retained by the Society. CPD Events — In the case of CPD events held at an venue other than the Law Society, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event. In the case of CPD events held at the Law Society, for cancellations made within two working days of the event, 50% of the total cost will be retained by the Society as a cancellation fee and the balance may be used as a credit towards other CPD events or be refunded. If you choose to keep a credit it will remain valid for 12 months from the event date, after which time it will expire. Webinars — In the case of live or on-demand webinars, as connection details are sent when registration is completed, no refund or cancellation is available. Social events — In the case of social events, no refund can be made after the RSVP date of the event.

Definitions: 'Registration' means any booking given to the Society in writing, on our website, or by phone. 'Member' means any member of the ACT Law Society, including associate members and honorary members. 'Young Lawyer' means any member who has held a practising certificate for five years or less. 'CLC' means any member working for a recognised community legal centre, or holding a volunteer practising certificate. 'Student' means a full time student studying law at a recognised Australian tertiary institution.

The Law Society is enforcing social distancing and spacing measures as set out by ACT Health at all our face-to-face events. 

If you are sick, have recently visited a COVID hot-spot, or are in close contact with someone in either situation, please stay at home.

Many of our upcoming CPD sessions will now be available either online or in-person and some have the offer of live streaming. Each CPD event advertised on our website will provide details about the online options available in that session. 

If sessions offer recordings, when you register, please let us know if you'd prefer to watch the CPD online (either live, or at a later date). If you choose the live-stream option you can still interact, ask questions, and be a meaningful participant at the seminar.

For more information about online CPD, please contact Carissa on




Member rate $88.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member rate $115.00(GST incl.) Register
Student/CLC rate $25.00(GST incl.) Register



Renee Wilson, AFP Forensics Team

Renee is currently employed as the Team Leader of Fingerprint Operations based in Canberra.  She has worked as the Team Leader of the evidence recovery section (Search Precinct) and have worked as an Operational Team Leader for Crime Scenes, ACT.

Renee has a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Archaeology and Anthropology from the ANU (1996) which she used extensively in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) responses, where skeletal and fragmented remains have occurred as well as a Diploma of Public Safety (Forensic Investigation) from the Canberra Institute of Technology, 2009 and a certificate of Expertise in Fingerprints awarded by the Australasian Forensic Field Sciences Accreditation Board in 2010.


Renee has attended multiple crime scenes and examine hundreds of exhibits and identify thousands of fingerprints and presented evidence in NSW, QLD, VIC and the ACT, both in the Magistrates and Supreme Courts.  IShe has presented in NZ (2005) ANZFSS symposium and at the International Association of Identification (IAI) conference in the USA in 2011, on studies she has been involved in, both Anthropological and in Forensic Intelligence. 

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