In 2014 The Forensic Institute was granted its own Coat of Arms by the Lord Lyon King of Arms for Scotland.
The Right Honourable the Lord Lyon King of Arms is the Scottish official with responsibility for regulating heraldry in Scotland, issuing new grants of arms, and serving as the judge of the Court of the Lord Lyon, the oldest heraldic court in the world that is still in daily operation.
A Coat of Arms belongs only to one individual person (in our case that is The Forensic Institute) and can only be used by that person and no one else. The reason that we must apply to the Lord Lyon is that our logo and the shield upon which it is based are heraldic in nature and must therefore be treated accordingly.
The Lord Lyon is responsible for the granting of new arms to persons or organisations, and for confirming proven pedigrees and claims to existing arms. He also registers and records new clan tartans - there is no TFI tartan (yet!).
We are proud of our Arms and our motto - 'Integritas Iustutiaque', meaning Integrity and Justice (or fairness).