Forensic document laboratory backlogs

Whilst the basis of the story is a long way from Australia, the scenario described is not.  If cuts are made in one area, the consequence of that must be managed forward.  

Having a forensic outcome early can be critical to the direction of some investigations, particularly major crime.  If the forensic outcome is not critical, then that may be a starting point for management in an adjustment to acceptance criteria and the effective use of their resources.