Statistics and Law Section


The Section started in 2015. It evolved from a working group of the same name set up in the wake of various child abuse miscarriages of justice at the turn of the century.  The group produced four reports, sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation, as guidance for judges, lawyers, forensic scientists and expert witnesses, with the general theme of ‘Communicating and interpreting statistical evidence in the administration of criminal justice’ and available free in pdf form.

This page gives further details about the practitioner guides and details of other work being carried out in this area.

The purpose of the Section is to enable the Society to make informed and, hopefully, influential contributions to the administration of justice as well as encouraging research and disseminating knowledge amongst the statistical, legal, forensic science and forensic medicine communities. The remit includes civil law as well as criminal law.


  • To improve the understanding and use of statistics in the administration of justice, both civil and criminal.
  • To provide an interface between the Society and the legal, forensic scientific and justice communities.
  • To promote the research, development and dissemination of statistical and probabilistic reasoning in a forensic context.
  • To be a catalyst within the statistics, forensic medicine, forensic science and legal communities for synergies in their activities.
  • To consider and report appropriately on relevant issues concerning the use of statistics in the legislative process and act as a national focus for statisticians involved in research in forensic statistics or as consultants, eg, as expert witnesses.


Chair: Colin Aitken, Professor of Forensic Statistics, University of Edinburgh.
Vice chair: Niamh Nic Daeid, Professor of Forensic Science, University of Dundee.
Secretary: Jane Hutton, Professor of Statistics, University of Warwick.
Meetings Secretary: Roberto Puch-Solis, Forensic Statistician, LGC Forensics.
Website Administrator: Amy Wilson (University of Edinburgh)

Committee members 

Philip Dawid (University of Cambridge) 
Graham Jackson (University of Abertay) 
Joseph Gastwirth (George Washington University) 
Claire McIvor (University of Birmingham) 
Julia Mortera (University of Rome Tre) 
Tereza Neocleous (University of Glasgow)

Future meetings

Upcoming events will be listed on the and our Section's website

Past meetings

Details can be found on our website.

News and meeting reports

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