FERA operates from the basis that the initial consultation is on a no fee basis which allows counsel to explore whether or not there is a need for a closer examination of the forensic investigation in relation to criminology that has taken place. Once engaged, FERA charges $200 per hour (plus GST) for research work and then $300 per hour (plus GST) for preparation of a report. Alternatively, a fixed fee can be negotiated. The fees have been set at a modest level due to Hadyn’s belief that the services of FERA ought to be within the financial reach of the people that need it and that the justice system can be strengthened when competent challenges are made.
The low fee also recognizes that in most cases defendants cannot match the resources that are available to the State and are therefore at a grave disadvantage.
On making contact with FERA and in order that an assessment can be made, a free initial consultation is offered. Providing that an open disclosure of forensic information is made to FERA you will be advised whether or not there is anything that ought to be followed-up in relation to the forensic investigation.
The initial advice will indicate whether there are any points of concern in relation to the forensic evidence, that of course requires a full assessment of the forensic investigation and any analytical outcomes relied on by the prosecution.
If the initial consultation indicates that there are matters of concern, FERA will enter into a contractual arrangement for its services. From that point it is expected that there will be a full disclosure of information to FERA in order that a full assessment can be made of the merits of the case.
Following the disclosure, advice will be provided to counsel in the form of an interim report (if necessary) followed by a full report which will explore all relevant matters.
All information provided is treated as being confidential and nothing will be communicated to any third party without the express approval of counsel.
Hadyn Green is presently the WA Branch President of the Australia New Zealand Forensic Science Society and an Adjunct Associate Professor in forensic science at The University of Western Australia. He has recently commenced the publication of a series of ebooks focused on forensic investigation as it is carried out in Australia – titled Policing and Forensic Science the books are designed for students and those who have a general interest in forensic science.
Before entering semi-retirement Hadyn’s extensive law enforcement background spanned nearly 40 years and included investigations, policy, legal services, prosecuting, and forensic science. In 2002 and then for all of 2004 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Institute of Police Management in Sydney, NSW and also the inaugural exchange police lecturer with the Metropolitan Police in London, UK. In 2004, he assisted the Royal Solomon Islands Police in rebuilding its capacity following civil unrest in that country.
From 2005 to 2010 he led the WA Police Forensic Division, was an executive member of both the National Institute of Forensic Science and the Senior Managers Australia and New Zealand Forensic Laboratories, in those roles he was a member of several committees and a national mentor. As the Disaster Victim Identification Commander for Western Australia, Hadyn assisted with the international response to the Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami in Thailand and led a team of forensic practitioners to that country. As the chair of the Australia and New Zealand DVI Committee he was a member of two INTERPOL DVI committees.
For his work in the forensic field he was awarded the Australian Police Medal by the Governor-General in 2010.
In 2010 he was appointed a consultant investigator with the Office of Police Integrity in Victoria where he spent seven months investigating a high profile case involving Australian Rules Footballers. In that same year he was appointed the forensic science consultant to the Western Australia Police Union of Workers.
His consultancy work has included giving opinions on ballistics, blood-alcohol, trace evidence, document examination matters to name a few.