Law and Science

Science and law always have had an uneasy coalition: Back from the fourteenth century, scientific evidence has posed intense challenges for the law. These challenges arise from fundamental differences between the legal and scientific processes.  The legal system embraces the adversary process to achieve “truth,” for the ultimate purpose of attaining an authoritative, final, just, and socially acceptable resolution of disputes. Thus law sets standards and seeks to define how public and private relations should function.  In contrast to law’s vision of truth, however, science embraces empirical analysis to discover truth as found in certifiable facts. Thus Science does not define how the universe should be but rather describes how it actually is making it more descriptive.


Inside Law and Science