Science for Judges: A series of eight webcasts
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019
toThursday, Sep 26, 2019
Noon PST | Online Webcast | Tuition: Free
Judges are the guardians of our system of justice, but forensic developments in the last 50 years have made their jobs significantly harder. The existing rules of evidence and procedure have not always anticipated new scientific discoveries. As evidentiary gatekeepers, judges must be able to anticipate and prepare to rule on admission of new areas of scientific evidence. In addition, some previously admitted evidence has now been discredited by the scientific community.
However, judges do not need to become scientists in order to make appropriate evidentiary decisions about scientific evidence. Rather, they need to have a detailed understanding of their role in admitting scientific evidence. To achieve this, NJC and the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC will be releasing a brand new online resource, Science Bench Book for Judges, to assist judges in making their rulings.
Several of the distinguished authors of the Bench Book will deliver eight webcasts in July, August and September. Thanks to funding from the State Justice Institute, the Bench Book and webcasts are offered at no cost to judges.
All webcasts will be recorded and made available at NJC On Demand.
- The Judicial Gatekeeper Function: Frye and Daubert
Presented by Judge Samuel A. Thumma
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
- Scientific Evidence
Presented by Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
Thursday, July 18, 2019
- Forensic Pattern Evidence & Forensic Analytical Evidence
Presented by Judge Kevin Burke and Marc Picker, Esq.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Presented by Justice Ming Chin
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
- Civil Evidence
Presented by Justice Joseph Maltese and Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.)
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
- Criminal Evidence in Pre- and Post-Trial Procedures
Presented by a Panel: Justice Lou Butler (Ret.), Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.), Judge Veronica Galvan, Judge Kevin Burke
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
- Expert Evidence
Presented by Judge Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.)/ co-present with Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
Thursday, September 5, 2019
- Cyber Evidence
Presented by Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.) and Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
Thursday, September 26, 2019