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The legal community faces a number of challenges around the use of probability and statistics in forensic science. For instance, while there have been dramatic advances in the range and scale of forensic techniques used to help solve legal cases, the way that the probative value of forensic evidence is presented in courts is rudimentary and often flawed. In particular, where probative value is presented in probabilistic and statistical terms there have been numerous instances of misunderstanding leading to miscarriages of justice.
This one day workshop follows an earlier consultation event held in London on 9th February 2016, that involved discussion with members of the legal community and senior academics, to better understand the difficulties and concerns that the profession faces. Discussions in the consultation highlighted the need for a clear consensus as to the uses and limitations of statistics and probability in criminal evidence and how these things should be expressed. It was also agreed that maths experts in court should communicate in ways that people can understand and that more independent validation of assumptions and models, including software used for DNA analysis, is required.
This event seeks to bring together experts and stakeholders (such as end-users from the legal profession) to highlight the key outputs from the six month research programme. It will also present opportunities for practitioners to discuss barriers and key challenges with leading researchers in the field.
This workshop is delivered by the Turing Gateway to Mathematics, which is the impact initiative of the INI and delivers Open for Business events.
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