Statistics and Law

The Section started in 2015. It evolved from a working group of the same name set up in the wake of various child abuse miscarriages of justice at the turn of the century. The group produced four reports, sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation, as guidance for judges, lawyers, forensic scientists and expert witnesses.
Practitioner guides available free in pdf form.
The purpose of the Section is to enable the Society to make informed and influential contributions to the administration of justice as well as encouraging research and disseminating knowledge amongst the statistical, legal, forensic science and forensic medicine communities. The remit includes civil law as well as criminal law.
This page gives further details about the practitioner guides and details of the Statistics and Probability guide for advocates that we produced with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy.
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  • To improve the understanding and use of statistics in the administration of justice, both civil and criminal
  • To promote the research, development and dissemination of statistical and probabilistic reasoning in a forensic context
  • To be a catalyst within the statistics, forensic medicine, forensic science and legal communities for synergies in their activities
  • To consider and report appropriately on relevant issues concerning the use of statistics in the legislative process and act as a national focus for statisticians involved in research in forensic statistics or as consultants, eg as expert witnesses.

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If you want to learn more about our activities, please contact us
Annual Report 2019