The Statistics and Law Section is a Section of the Royal Statistical Society and was set up in 2015, with Professor Colin Aitken as the first chairman.  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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