November 01, 2017

The National Courts and Sciences Institute and Training of Science and Technology Resource Judges

Robert M. Bell and Michael F. Pietruszka

Reprinted with permission from Judges Journal, Fall 2017 (56:4), at 11-15. © 2017 American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.


Science in the Courtroom and Judges in Lab Coats

Most judges have limited, if any, grounding in science and technology. Indeed, when asked, most judges will admit their limitations in this regard, indicating, perhaps, that “I flunked science in kindergarten” or that “math was impenetrable, so in college I majored in history,” or some such.

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