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Examining the Role of Science in the Courtroom: Admissibility and Reliability of Forensic Science in the Courtroom

Hamirani, M; Dror, I; Morgan, RM; (2018) Examining the Role of Science in the Courtroom: Admissibility and Reliability of Forensic Science in the Courtroom. Albany Law Review , 81 (3) pp. 975-994. Green open access

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Abstract

The capabilities of forensic science have expanded and evolved over the years, facing a number of significant challenges. A main weakness is its susceptibility to cognitive bias. (1) Today, despite remaining a powerful element within the justice system, and playing a key role in establishing and reconstructing events, forensic science much like any scientific domain, faces weaknesses and limitations. These issues can arise throughout an investigation; from when the forensic evidence is first collected at the scene of the crime, until the evidence is presented at court. While recognizing the cognitive and scientific challenges forensic science faces, this paper also demonstrates that the value of forensic science extends beyond the courtroom.

Type: Article
Title: Examining the Role of Science in the Courtroom: Admissibility and Reliability of Forensic Science in the Courtroom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.albanylawreview.org/issues/Pages/issues...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054166
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