Science and the Law: Handling Scientific Evidence in the Courtroom

Members of the judiciary and scientific community gathered in Edinburgh on Wednesday 21 March 2018 to discuss the launch of the first in a planned series of ‘primers’ intended to assist the judiciary when handling scientific evidence in the courtroom. The Judicial Primers Project was designed by members of the judiciary, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society. The primers are written and reviewed by leading scientists and members of the judiciary and the first two, covering forensic DNA analysis and forensic gait analysis, were published in November 2017. Read about the November launch here.

Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, then President of the RSE, chaired the meeting at the RSE in March and the speakers were:

• The Right Hon Lord Hughes of Ombersley, Justice of the Supreme Court;
• The Right Hon Lord Carloway, Lord President of the Court of Session;
• Professor Niamh Nic Daeid FRSE, Professor of Forensic Science, University of Dundee;
• Professor Sue Black DBE FRSE, Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee

A summary report of the meeting held in March is available here.