Presenting Quantitative and Qualitative Information on Forensic Science Evidence in the Courtroom


An abundant scientific and legal literature, as well as several reports from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, demands that forensic findings be supported by data and that conclusions be logically derived from the information available to the scientists. Another critical, yet understudied, aspect of forensic science consists of the reporting and presentation of forensic findings in the judicial system. The issue is similar to the communication of scientific evidence in a variety of fields, such as public health, climatology, and military decision making, and can be distilled to the need for ensuring that the methods used to communicate forensic conclusions are not misleading legal fact-finders.

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