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Judge questions use of colposcopy photos in child abuse cases

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7430.10-b (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:10
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The practice of relying on photographs taken by colposcopy for expert or second opinions in cases of sex abuse of children risks causing “grave miscarriages of justice,” a High Court judge has warned.

    Mr Justice Holman delivered the cautionary message in a judgment the week before Christmas. The case was heard in private in the family division, and the family cannot be identified. But the judge gave permission for the judgment to be reported to alert doctors and lawyers to the “potential danger.”

    He called on the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Association of Police Surgeons to reconsider guidance issued in 2002 that suggests the use …

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