Forensic Science: Measurements in Forensic Science – Of Errors and Uncertainty

30 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2017 Last revised: 5 Apr 2017

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Ted Vosk

Alaska Legal Services, Corp.; Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE)

Edward J. Imwinkelried

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Date Written: March 31, 2017

Abstract

Analytical measurement plays a critical role in modern society.

'Millions of analytical measurements are made every day in thousands of laboratories around the world. There are innumerable reasons for making these measurements, for example: as a way of valuing goods for trade purposes; supporting healthcare; checking the quality of drinking water; analyzing the elemental composition of an alloy to confirm its suitability for use in aircraft construction … Virtually every aspect of society is supported in some way by analytical measurement'.

It should come as no surprise then that measurements often play an important role in legal disputes as well. In a Contract action, a measurement can determine whether the merchandise delivered by the defendant satisfied the specifications in the agreement between the plaintiff and the defendant. In a Patent lawsuit, a measurement could be dispositive of the question of whether the defendant’s product infringes the plaintiff’s patent. In a Property dispute, a measurement could well determine whether the structure that the defendant constructed trespasses onto the plaintiff’s land.

Keywords: Forensic science, analytical measurements, society, legal disputes, lawsuit, error, uncertainty, admissible, cout

Suggested Citation

Vosk, Ted and Imwinkelried, Edward J., Forensic Science: Measurements in Forensic Science – Of Errors and Uncertainty (March 31, 2017). UCD Working Papers in Law, Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2943971

Ted Vosk

Alaska Legal Services, Corp. ( email )

1016 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501-1963
United States

Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) ( email )

Juneau, AK
United States

Edward J. Imwinkelried (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States

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