Science for Judges Part 2: Scientific Evidence

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

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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.

  1. The Judicial Gatekeeper Function: Frye and Daubert
    Presented by Judge Samuel A. Thumma
    Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  2. Scientific Evidence
    Presented by Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
    Thursday, July 18, 2019
  3. Forensic Pattern Evidence & Forensic Analytical Evidence
    Presented by Judge Kevin Burke and Marc Picker, Esq.
    Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  4. DNA
    Presented by Justice Ming Chin
    Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  5. Civil Evidence
    Presented by Justice Joseph Maltese and Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.)
    Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  6. 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
  7. Expert Evidence
    Presented by Judge Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.)/ co-present with Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
    Thursday, September 5, 2019
  8. Cyber Evidence
    Presented by Judge Brian MacKenzie (Ret.) and Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
    Thursday, September 26, 2019

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