During the investigation sections of Ace Attorney cases, the protagonist generally visits at least one crime scene at some point. The protagonist usually looks to the crime scene for initial clues and forensic information that the police have gathered, with the detective in charge of the case generally being found nearby. The crime scene is usually a prime target for copious use of the "examine" function. However, the protagonist often does not visit the crime scene, either because the case is trial-only, or because the crime scene is inaccessible. Another fairly frequent situation is that the crime scene being initially investigated is not the true crime scene; this generally occurs in later cases in each game.
In real life, a crime scene does not have to be where the illegal act took place. It merely needs to be a location in which evidence of a crime may be found. If this definition were used, then almost every location in the Ace Attorney games would be a crime scene to some extent.
Nearly all of the crime scenes are the site of a murder, with a notable exception in the Basement Warehouse. Usually, Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice or Athena Cykes arrive after the body has been removed for examination by the authorities, though in Turnabout Serenade and Turnabout Academy, the protagonist is among the first at the scene. The prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, on the other hand, is normally able to examine the crime scene with the corpses still present, even being able to examine the victims themselves for clues.
Crime scene photographEdit
Photographs of the crime scenes are generally taken to show how the scenes looked after the murder, but before the corpses are taken away for examination. Such photographs are presumably normally taken by the police, but photographs by certain members of the public have also been used on occasion. No matter the source, however, such photographs often provide vital clues in solving the case.
An autopsy report is the coroner's record determining the circumstances behind the victim's murder. The autopsy results can be very important due to the fact that the murder weapon or time of death could be contradictory to later evidence. An example would be in Turnabout Samurai where the murder weapon was said to be a spear prop, although it was later revealed to be a fence post.