Date: Tuesday March 15th, 2016
Time: 2.00 – 4.30 p.m
Location: Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX (www.rss.org.uk)
Statistics and Law Section – the role of databases in forensic science
2.00 – 2.10 Introduction
Professor Graham Jackson
(Visiting Professor of Forensic Science at Abertay University and Consultant Forensic Scientist at Advance Forensic Science)
Mr Adam Baines (Forensic Specialist, Lancashire Constabulary)
The use of databases in footwear mark cases
Dr Tina Lovelock
(Interpretation Lead, Cellmark Forensic Services)
Non-DNA databases and collections in forensic science
Dr Ian Evett, CBE
(Forensic Statistician, Principal Forensic Services)
Database issues in relation to DNA evidence
4.30 Close of meeting.
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On Wednesday 21 October, the second meeting of the Section was held at the Royal Statistical Society headquarters in Errol street. At the AGM preceding the meeting it was announced that no further nominations for committee members of the Section had been received, so the provisional committee were duly elected. Following the AGM, three presentations were heard:
Professor Alex Burdorf, Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam ‘An epidemiologist’s experience of giving expert evidence in asbestos litigation’ DownloadSlides
Dr Claire McIvor, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham ‘A view from legal academia: the doubles the risk test and other basic mistakes that the courts make about epidemiology’
Professor Philip Dawid, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, University of Cambridge ‘Legal epidemiology and the significance of the distinction between effects of causes and causes of effects’ DownloadSlides
On Thursday 10 September there was a “Statistics and the Law” session at the Royal Statistical Society conference at The Forum in Exeter. There were three presentations on different aspects of the intersection of statistics and the law, followed by a lively discussion session. The presentations were:
Dr R. Puch-Solis (LGC Forensics) – Statistical evaluation of forensic DNA evidence
Professor J. Hutton (University of Warwick) – Epidemiological evidence in civil cases DownloadSlides
Dr A. Wilson (Durham University) – The evaluation of evidence consisting of traces of cocaine on banknotes DownloadSlides
and the discussion was chaired by Professor J. Hutton.
The next meeting of the Statistics and Law section of the Royal Statistical Society will be held on Wednesday October 21st from 2.30 – 4.30 p.m. at Errol Street. It will be preceded by the AGM at 2.00 p.m.
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Epidemiological evidence and tort litigation: A study in judicial confusion about basic statistics
2.00 – 2.30 Annual General Meeting
Seminar on Legal Epidemiology
2.30 – 2.35 Welcome and Introduction by seminar chair, Dr Claire McIvor
2.35 – 3.10 ‘An epidemiologist’s experience of giving expert evidence in asbestos litigation’
Professor Alex Burdorf, Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
3.10 – 3.45 ‘A view from legal academia: the doubles the risk test and other basic mistakes that the courts make about epidemiology’
Dr Claire McIvor, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham
3.45 – 4.20 ‘Legal epidemiology and the significance of the distinction between effects of causes and causes of effects’
Professor Philip Dawid, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, University of Cambridge
4.20 – 4.30 Concluding thoughts
Tea and coffee will be available before the seminar.
Travel Information: The nearest tube stations are Moorgate, Old Street, Liverpool Street and Barbican.
The annual general meeting of the Society’s Statistics and the Law Section will take place on Wednesday 21 October at the Royal Statistical Society in Errol Street.
In accordance with the regulations of the section, the following are recommended by the section committee as members of the committee for the 2016 session:
Chair: Colin Aitken (University of Edinburgh)
Vice Chair: Niamh Nic Daeid (University of Dundee)
Secretary: Jane Hutton (University of Warwick)
Meetings Secretary: Roberto Puch-Solis (LGC Forensics)
Dr. A. Wilson (University of Durham)
Professor P. Dawid (University of Cambridge)
Professor G. Jackson (University of Abertay)
Professor J.L. Gastwirth (George Washington University)
Dr. C. McIvor (University of Birmingham)
Professor J. Mortera (University of Rome Tre)
Dr. T. Neocleous (University of Glasgow)
Professor C. Walsh (University of Limerick)
Unless alternative nominations are received before 7 October, these persons will be declared elected at the annual general meeting.