Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies:
International Visiting Research Scholar Public Talk
Ordeal by Trial: Expert Evidence and the Limits of Legal Practice
By Dr. Gary Edmond
Monday, October 28, 2013, 5:00 pm
Allard Hall, Room 104, 1822 East Mall, UBC
Drawing upon empirical studies and inquiries drawn from Australia, England, Canada and the US, this public lecture offers a critical re-assessment of the accusatorial criminal trial and its ability to accommodate expert opinion evidence. Focusing primarily on the reception of emerging forms of forensic science, and responding to recent statements by peak scientific bodies (such as the National Academy of Sciences), it questions the value of traditional legal safeguards (e.g. prosecutorial restraint, admissibility standards, judicial discretions, cross-examination, rebuttal experts and jury directions) as well as the ability of the various participants to manage or credibly evaluate incriminating expert opinions. The presentation will conclude with reflections and suggestions for future interventions.
All are invited to attend.
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