A few months ago I was called to a criminal court to give evidence on forensic tracking. It was a fascinating case with a real twist in the tail. The Judge was excited by the evidence given by myself, and said for the first time, (apart from CCTV) he was able to see the movements of the accused, just from his tracks.
The case was succesfull, and in summing up the judge said that it had rested purely on the tracking evidence. For the first time in The UK, tracking in its purest form had been admissable as evidence.
Since then I have had several other cases where forensic tracking is being used.
The only way to be able to give evidence in tracking is to observe humans( & animals), and apply their real-time actions to action indicators. What this means , is to act out their actions. If they go left, you go left. If they go on walking sticks, you go walking sticks, and then look at their tracks, and compare them to It may seem a bit obsessional, but tracking is my proffession, and just like any other proffession, practice and more practice is how you learn and gain confidence.