What will I learn?
During this course, you will learn to:
- Contemplate the different objectives of law and science.
- Evaluate and apply general evidentiary rules on the admissibility of forensic evidence.
- Embrace the significant role that judges play at the intersection of law and science.
- Identify substantive scientific issues that arise in a variety of forensic disciplines.
- Relate those substantive scientific issues to the criteria for admissibility set forth by tests such as those announced in Daubert and Frye.
- Describe the distinct roles for judge and jury in assessing proffered expert evidence, with the former responsible for determining admissibility and the latter for assessing weight.
- Appreciate and exercise the judge’s role as gatekeeper.
- Be sensitive to the various ethical issues that judges face in and out of court in cases involving forensic and scientific evidence.