SCIENCE IN THE COURTROOM – TRUSTING THE EXPERTS. MONDAY 27TH MAY, 7PM
It is also the most easily misunderstood and misinterpreted. Confidence in the reliability of scientific evidence is vital to the integrity of the legal process and to the individuals affected. Unreliable science can lead to miscarriages of justice in a whole range of civil and criminal cases. Advances in scientific knowledge and techniques are often rapid and transformative.
This talk from Fiona Raitt, Professor at the School of Law, University of Dundee, tackled some of the big questions around the use of science in the courtroom.
How can public understanding keep pace with these advances? How do we know when we can trust the expert reports used in court? Should we, the public, simply leave it to the scientists?
Whatever we do, what safeguards do we need to ensure the science used in court is reliable?