Expert witnesses are highly regarded by the courts as they are deemed to provide impartial and objective evidence. Indeed, experts often provide valuable evidence that is critical for administering fair justice. However, meta-expertise (expertise about experts) insights into the way experts operate and how the brain processes information exposes circumstances in which expert scientific evidence may be far from objective or being impartial. Research and real casework have demonstrated instances in which experts (e.g., forensic DNA and fingerprinting) have provided biased and erroneous conclusions. This talk will present the factors that play a role in creating bias in experts, why such weaknesses are inherent to expert decision making, and suggest practical ways to mitigate bias. More information is available at: www.cci-hq.com
CPCS approves this program for 1.5 CLE hours for the adult trial and post-conviction panels, as well as for the YAD juvenile delinquency and youthful offender trial panels.