RSS fellow and lawyer Anthony Cutler went to the launch of our new guide to statistics for those working in law. Here he reports on what both legal and statistical experts had to say about it.
'Probability is not foreign to the law. Evidence … is primarily a legal notion …' - Ian Hacking, The Emergence of Probability.
I was reminded of this quote on the evening of 27 November which saw the launch of Statistics and Probability for Advocates, a joint initiative of the Royal Statistical Society and the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA). The guide is an educational resource and ready reference for judges, barristers, solicitors and others who have to present and challenge statistical evidence at trial.