Training for communication in forensic science

Brenda L. Hoffman (Lead / Corresponding author), Lucina Hackman, Laura A. Lindenfeld

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Scientists are increasingly becoming better prepared to communicate science in a variety of different settings, yet significantly less attention has been paid to communicating science in the courtroom, a setting which carries major societal impact. This article explores key issues surrounding science communication in the courtroom. We outline a conceptual system for communication training that includes ideas about fostering greater collaboration across different stakeholder groups, and training expert witnesses to communicate scientific evidence in ways that are accessible and accurate. Critical to this concept is supporting communication that upholds the integrity of the science, while also maintaining expectations for interactions in the courtroom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalEmerging Topics in Life Sciences
Issue number3
Early online date9 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2021


  • communication
  • culture
  • forensic science
  • team science


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