The Statistics and Law Section is a Section of the Royal Statistical
Society and started this year.  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, with the general theme of
‘Communicating and interpreting statistical evidence in the
administration of criminal justice’  and available free in pdf form from

The purpose of the Section is to enable the Society to make informed
and, hopefully, 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.  It has a wider scope than the working group as the remit
is extended to include civil law as well as criminal law.


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