Scientific Proof versus Legal Proof: Ruminations about Mathematical and Statistical Reasoning in Legal Factfinding להרשיע באמצעות נוסחה מתמטית

Maya Bar-Hillel

Scientists try to find out the truth about our world. Judges in a court of law try to find out the truth about the target events in the indictment. What are the similarities, and what are the differences, in the procedures that govern the search for truth in these two systems? In particular, why are quantitative tools the hallmark of science, whereas in courts they are rarely used, and when used, are prone to error? (In Hebrew)

May, 2010
Published in: 
Odyssey 8 (2010)