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SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE: What is the judge’s role as a  gatekeeper?

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, The National Judicial College  and the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC have created  a new online resource, Science Bench Book for Judges, to assist judges in making their rulings.

FJI is pleased to make the Science Bench Book for Judges (2019) available here.