Daubert standard | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Evidence Law

The Daubert standard is a legal rule that is used in the United States to determine the admissibility of scientific evidence in a court of law.

It is named after the landmark case Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, in which the Supreme Court established the standard for evaluating the admissibility of expert testimony in federal courts. Under the Daubert standard, the judge plays a gatekeeping role in determining whether scientific evidence is reliable and relevant enough to be presented to the jury. In making this determination, the judge may consider a number of factors, such as whether the theory or technique has been tested and peer-reviewed, whether it has been subject to error rates, and whether the scientific community has accepted it. The Daubert standard has been adopted by federal courts and by many state courts in the United States.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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