Science Bench Book for Judges
The National Judicial College (NJC) and the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC (JSI) are pleased to announce the release of a new online publication, Science Bench Book for Judges, funded by the State Justice Institute (SJI).
What is your role as a gatekeeper?
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 types of evidence have 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 are pleased to present a new online resource, Science Bench Book for Judges, to assist judges in making their rulings.
Download the entire bench book by clicking the button on the right, or just the section that you need.
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 Webinars are at 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern | 75 minutes
|Frye, Daubert, and Your Role as a Judicial Gatekeeper||July 9|
|Scientific Evidence||July 18|
|Forensic Evidence||August 7|
|DNA Evidence||August 13|
|Civil Evidence||August 21|
|Pre- and Post-Trial Criminal Evidence||August 28|
|Expert Evidence||September 5|
|Cyber Evidence||September 25|