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Judicial Education and the Sciences

Vol. 56 No. 4   November 2017



Science & Engineering

Science Education for Federal Judges

As litigation becomes increasingly complex, judges must have an informed understanding of a broad range of scientific and technical issues. Scientific educational programs for judges are becoming an increasingly important part of continuing judicial education. The Federal Judicial Center offers the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, which provides a wide range of in-person and on-demand science education programs on the topics that most often arise in civil and criminal litigation.

Science & Engineering

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

The National Courts and Sciences Institute (NCSI) was organized, and has been operating, to assist judiciaries in the training of jurists with respect to the scientific and technological underpinnings of the evidence presented by parties in the courts’ ever-burgeoning encounter with complex cases. NCSI concentrates on techniques to evaluate and manage novel evidence to help judges distinguish valid scientific evidence from junk science and speculation.

Science & Engineering

A Texas Approach to the Intersection of Science and the Law

As time goes on, science is relied on more and more in the courtroom. As a result, it is more critical than ever for lawyers to understand science and for scientists to understand the law. The best way to accomplish this is through training. Judge Hervey provides a history of training efforts in Texas and an overview of the different methods used in Texas to educate criminal justice stakeholders.

Technology Column

Ethics Column