Taxonomy and Terminology

This subcommittee has been tasked to develop a comprehensive classification system for the organization of recognized bloodstain pattern types and a companion lexicon for use in describing these patterns.

Current Membership

The chair of this subcommittee is Stuart James of James & Associates Forensic Consultants.

The other members of this subcommittee are Phillippe Esperanca of IGNA (in Nantes, France), Victor Gorman RCMP (retired), Jeremy Morris of the Johnson County Kansas Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory, and Paulette Sutton.

Task List


Draft Documents

In accordance with the SWGSTAIN Bylaws, Section VI (D), any approved SWGSTAIN draft document or work product must be offered for public comment. Comments made in writing will be formally addressed by the appropriate SWGSTAIN Subcommittee and the response(s) published using Any positive feedback and/or constructive criticism should be directed to the Taxonomy & Terminology Subcommittee Chair. Prior to reviewing a SWGSTAIN draft document, please review the Introductory Note prepared by SWGSTAIN that describes the intent and objectives of its peer review process. The following Taxonomy and Terminology Subcommittee documents are available for public peer review:

[Currently no Draft Documents are available]

Guidance Documents

The following Guidance Documents have been developed by the Taxonomy and Terminology Subcommittee:

Recommended Terminology