Developing and Using Meaningful Forensic Science Standards: Top Down/Bottom Up [CC]

    Developing and Using Meaningful Forensic Science Standards: Top Down/Bottom Up [CC]
    CLE 60 min

    Developing and Using Meaningful Forensic Science Standards: Top Down/Bottom Up [CC]

    An introduction for prosecutors to firm up foundations for their forensic science evidence, and for criminal defense lawyers to have a yardstick against which to measure the quality of the State's evidence might be an idea.

    Attorneys who have forensic science evidence showing up in their cases should seek out and become with existing and developing forensic science standards to better understand the degree of validity and reliability that justifies the admissibility of the evidence in the case.

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    Since the dawn of the 20th Century, forensic science evidence appeared in court, often supported by no more than the ipse dixit of an analyst from a police laboratory. Validation and reliability were not great concerns, and courts tended to admit the evidence without much question. In 1993, the Daubert decision stated that an attribute of science that would affect the underlying validity and reliability of expert testimony on scientific matters is the existence of standardized methods and practices. In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences report "Strengthening Forensic Science" commented extensively on the lack of a system of standardized practices in the forensic science. For many victims of wrongful convictions based on faulty forensic science, it was news that came quite late.

    The United Kingdom undertook a program of forensic regulation, including top-down development of standards for forensic science practice, expression of results, and testimony. Those subjects are also addressed in the US by standards arising from consensus bodies, most recently OSAC—a remnant of the National Forensic Science Commisison legislation of 2013.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

    • Become familiar with the pervasive nature of standards generally, and the developing scope of standards in the US that affect the forensic sciences.

    • Learn to categorize forensic science behavior as something to which standards apply

    • Learn where to find standards, and use them to prepare evidentiary foundations and attacks on expert testimony using standards.

    • Be able to adapt knowledge of forensic science standards and standards development to the legal framework of Daubert and Kumho to apply to the use of "classic science" and "expertise" in court.

    • Fashion convincing arguments that compliance with standards is a fundamental part of establishing validity and reliability of forensic science evidence.

    Product Details

    Panelists

    Michael Dilauro, Roderick Kennedy

    Sponsors

    Section of Science & Technology Law

    Product Code

    ST2010FSOLC

    Duration

    60

    Publication Date

    10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM

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