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Understanding reliability in the context of admissibility of evidence

Justice Chris Maxwell, evidentiary reliability of expert evidence, Daubert, SCOTUS, PCAST, gatekeeper role of the trial judge.

In a case involving forensic evidence, why should evidentiary reliability be based on scientific validity of such evidence?

After watching the video, we encourage you to look at the legal provision on expert evidence in your jurisdiction with the following points in mind:

  • Does it specify the areas of expertise (such as science, art, etc)?
  • Does it mention the criteria for who qualifies as an expert?
  • Does it specify the criteria for admissibility of such opinion?
  • Does the legal provision create a strong framework for examining the reliability of expert evidence?

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