The Legal Framework for Expert Opinion Evidence

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Without the proper tools, the justice system can be vulnerable to unreliable expert scientific evidence. In keeping with its commitment to delivering science programming and educational resources for the judiciary, the National Judicial Institute has developed a Science Manual for Canadian Judges.

The goal of the Science Manual is to provide judges with tools to better understand expert evidence and to assess the validity of purportedly scientific evidence presented to them. The Science Manual contributes to a broader conversation about the role of expert opinion evidence in the legal system, and responds to calls, most notably from the Honourable W. Ian C. C. Binnie and the Honourable Justice Stephen T. Goudge in his Report of the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario, for the creation of a reference manual on science that judges can easily access.

The Science Manual is divided into four chapters:

  •    Chapter One: The Legal Framework for Scientific Evidence
  •    Chapter Two: Science and the Scientific Method
  •    Chapter Three: Managing and Evaluating Expert Evidence in the Courtroom
  •    Chapter Four: Ethics of the Expert Witness

Ce contenu a été mis à jour le 8 septembre 2015 à 20 h 48 min.