The latest primer for the courts, on understanding ballistics, has been published by the Royal Society.
The judicial primers project is a unique collaboration between members of the judiciary, the Royal Society and the RSE. Designed to assist the judiciary when handling scientific evidence in the courtroom, the primers have been written by leading scientists and members of the judiciary, peer-reviewed by practitioners, and approved by the Councils of the Royal Society and the RSE.
Each primer presents an easily understood and accurate position on the scientific topic in question and considers the limitations of the science, challenges associated with its application, and an explanation of how the scientific area is used within the judicial system. The primers are created under the direction of a Steering Group chaired by Dame Anne Rafferty and distributed to courts in conjunction with the Judicial College, the Judicial Institute, and the Judicial Studies Board for Northern Ireland.
The first three primers on forensic DNA analysis, forensic gait analysis, and the use of statistics in legal proceedings have also been published. If you have suggestions for further topics in the primers series, please contact the Royal Society.
Learn more about the judicial primers project on the Royal Society website.