Forensic Speech Expert Reports and Testimony
Expert reports and their presentation in court in the following domains of forensic phonetics:
Forensic voice comparison
In a forensic voice comparison, an audio recording (recorded evidence) connected with criminal act is compared with the recording of a suspect. The result of this comparison is a probabilistic statement relevant to the identity or non-identity of the speakers involved. Forensic voice comparisons and analyses are carried out in the context of civil and criminal law cases. Auditory analysis and various kinds of acoustic analyses are applied, documented and presented according to international best practice. Dr Jessen has provided expert witness testimony on forensic speech evidence for almost two decades. In most of her casework, recordings were obtained via long term interception and surveillance in OC and gang related crime, involving predominantly non-germanic languages, and multiple speakers.
Since 2013 voice-comparison.com uses the VOCALISE automatic speaker recognition software by Oxford Wave Research. Voice-comparison.com was the initiator of this software, which today is developed independently from voice-comparison.com in England with many scientific partners. Voice-Comparison.com uses state-of-the-art speaker recognition technology and performs case-relevant system validation using the OWR-software Bio-Metrics
Language analysis in forensic speaker comparison
Voice-comparison.com provides services both nationally and internationally, involving audio recordings in a variety of different languages. This is possible due to years of experience in working with linguistic experts and professional court interpreters, who are native speakers in their respective language, for both common and rare languages, in order to provide in-depth insight into accents or speaker characteristics that are language related.
Forensic Speaker Profiles
In situations in which no suspect is in the frame yet, Voice-comparison.com provides a speaker profile more commonly known as forensic voice analysis. Speaker profiles constitute a scientifically based estimation of information on a speaker, including region, age, and first-language background.
Voice-comparison.com is experienced in providing orthographic and/or phonetic transcripts of audio and video recordings with reduced intelligibility. Transcripts are provided both for investigative purposes as well as evidence in court. If the focus of interest is narrowed down to a short utterance with possible, alternative pronunciations, disputed utterance or questioned content analysis can provide a decision on the most likely alternative, using phonetic and linguistic methods.
Expert Witness Testimony
Dr Jessen has given expert witness testimony in cases over a period of nearly two decades. German law requires an expert witness to be present and available for questioning during the relevant time of a trial if that expert was individually appointed by a chamber as an independent specialist.
Voice-Comparison.com has provided numerous additional services for law enforcement and courts. Please request information if you would like to know more about this.
When a request falls partially or fully outside its competence spectrum, voice-comparison.com will make suggestions on possible procedures to guide you towards a viable solution, recommend professional experts and specialists, or it will propose an arrangement where some aspects of the case are addressed internally and others externally and where both parts can be integrated within one report.
Requests for expert work in forensic speaker identification and audio analysis come from the courts (criminal and civil law cases), prosecutors, defense attorneys, from police departments (usually crime divisions), or from customs. Dr Jessen also provides expert reports for government agencies whose jurisdiction might require speaker forensic anlysis.