Thread: Jury service
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Old 30th Jul 2013, 10:10
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MM wrote:

given the general inaccuracy of understanding by court lawyers of maths, science and statistics, and the common use of science based stats as evidence (eg DNA samples) it appears to me that in some cases it really requires a juror to do independent research to make sense of the nonsense statistics.
The way in which probabilities are handled makes it essential that all jurors in cases relying on statistics (eg DNA evidence) should prime themselves with a good understanding of the subject

One in a million chance does NOT mean there is only one in a million...
Absolutely not.

The role of the juror is to decide ONLY ON THE BASIS OF THE EVIDENCE PRESENTED IN COURT.

If one or other side fails to make it clear what the statistics quoted mean, then that is their failing. The jurors task is to weigh up the evidence that they have heard in court, ignore anything they may have read or heard in the media and decide on guilt or innocence.

In the case of statistical evidence, for example, if the prosecution make the case that there is a "one in a million" chance that the defendant didn't commit the offence, then it is up to the defence to rebut that and provide evidence to clarify to the jury as to what those statistics actually mean. It is absolutely not the jurors role to go and look this up.

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