The Forensic Ethics of Scientific Communication

Ward, Tony (2022) The Forensic Ethics of Scientific Communication. The Journal of Criminal Law. ISSN 0022-0183 (In Press)

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Abstract

An important part of the work of forensic scientists is communicating accurate information to lay factfinders under conditions of uncertainty. It is an ethically demanding role as it obliges scientists to disclose information that may call their own authority into question. Similar issues arise in other areas of applied science, for example climate science. This article builds the ethical framework for scientific communication under uncertainty proposed by Keohane, Lane and Oppenheimer and argues that with some modifications their work provides useful guidance for forensic scientists. It also questions whether the current system of Streamlined Forensic Reporting is compatible with that framework.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
M200 Law by Topic
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 13:29
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2023 13:15
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49033

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