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    The term forensics is used in two major & significantly different ways:

1. Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. This may be in relation to a crime or to a civil action. The use of the term "forensics" in place of "forensic science" could be considered incorrect; the term "forensic" is effectively a synonym for "legal" or "related to courts" (from Latin, it means "before the forum"), e.g. The law enforcement program at CJC teaches many aspects of forensics.

2. We also use the term forensics to refer to collegiate speech competition. Used in this way forensics can be defined as the art or study of argumentative discourse.There are many different categories that an individual can compete in. There are limited preparation events (impromptu & extemporaneous speaking), platform events (informative, persuasive & after-dinner speaking), critical events (communication analysis) & interpretive events (prose, poetry, drama, dramatic duo & program oral interpretation), e.g. Cisco Junior College has a forensic debate team.

    Forensic psychology & forensic psychiatry deal with the legal aspects of human behavior.

Retrieved (in part) January 20, 2006 from the Wikipedia site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forensic

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