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Title: Evidence evaluation: a response to the court of appeal judgment in R v T
Authors: Berger, Charles E. H.
Buckleton, John
Champod, Christophe
Evett, Ian W.
Jackson, Graham
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Contemporary Sciences
Keywords: Forensic science
Interpretation
Bayesian inference
Likelihood ratio
Footwear
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Elsevier, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2011.03.005
Citation: Berger, C.E.H., et al. 2011. Evidence evaluation: a response to the court of appeal judgment in R v T. Science & Justice. 51(2): pp.43-49. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2011.03.005
Abstract: This is a discussion of a number of issues that arise from the recent judgment in R v T [1]. Although the judgment concerned with footwear evidence, more general remarks have implications for all disciplines within forensic science. Our concern is that the judgment will be interpreted as being in opposition to the principles of logical interpretation of evidence. We re-iterate those principles and then discuss several extracts from the judgment that may be potentially harmful to the future of forensic science. A position statement with regard to evidence evaluation, signed by many forensic scientists, statisticians and lawyers, has appeared in this journal [2] and the present paper expands on the points made in that statement.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1068
ISSN: 1355-0306
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