When & Where:
August 9-10, 2016
Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office
On August 9-10, 2016 at Duquesne University and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) held their Technology Transition Workshop: Courtroom Knowledge of Forensic Technology and the Impact on Frye and Daubert Standard. The target attendees for the event were legal professionals including criminal court judges, prosecuting and defense attorneys, and legal academicians.
This workshop focused on introducing and enhancing the knowledge of innovative forensic technologies to legal professionals, including how newer technologies need to be supported in order to pass a Frye or Daubert test. Background information about technology and scientific methodologies included presentations and panel discussions by discipline specific experts. Case examples and vignettes were used to illustrate and define questions about technology and admissibility. Additionally, participants toured the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office Laboratory Division in order to gain insight regarding the processing of forensic evidence.
In conclusion, this workshop provided legal professionals the ability to use their knowledge of forensic technology advancements to better inform and help them in the legal decision making process, and potentially improve policy and practice.