The scientific reinvention of forensic science

Jonathan J. Koehler*, Jennifer L. Mnookin, Michael J. Saks

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Forensic science is undergoing an evolution in which a long-standing “trust the examiner” focus is being replaced by a “trust the scientific method” focus. This shift, which is in progress and still partial, is critical to ensure that the legal system uses forensic information in an accurate and valid way. In this Perspective, we discuss the ways in which the move to a more empirically grounded scientific culture for the forensic sciences impacts testing, error rate analyses, procedural safeguards, and the reporting of forensic results. However, we caution that the ultimate success of this scientific reinvention likely depends on whether the courts begin to engage with forensic science claims in a more rigorous way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 3 2023

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