Within the rules of evidence, medical experts are required to maintain objectivity when formulating an opinion, and in the courtroom, legal advocates use cross-examination to expose bias. The layperson may erroneously assume that science always holds definitive and reliable answers, however, there is often significant ambiguity and uncertainty. How doctors respond to uncertainty in medical evidence will influence the reliability of the opinions they provide to the courts. Given the high stakes decisions that are made based on these opinions, this is an important issue.

This panel session, organised in collaboration with HEAL, will explore cognitive bias in forensic reporting. Catherine Skellern, a Child Protectionand Forensic Paediatrician, will present the challenges faced by doctors in this context and her recommendations for minimising cognitive bias. Karen Healy, Peter Ellerton and Ben Dighton will give social, philosophical, and legal perspectives on the issue, followed by an interactive panel and audience discussion.

Refreshments will be served at 18:00 for a 18:30 start. All are welcome and entry is free

Please register your attendance for catering purposes.