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Litigating Forensics Conclusions and Error Rates

Conference/Workshop:
Durham Bar Association CLE
Published: 2019
Primary Author: Brandon Garrett

This presentation provides an overview of current challenges in litigating forensics, exploring concepts such as subjectivity in analysis, ambiguity of data, lack of standards proficiency data and the use of error rates and looks at current research to address these issues.

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