Is science an instrument of competing power in the exercising of jurisdictional activity?
Journal International de Bioéthique = International Journal of Bioethics 2006 March-June; 17(1-2): 33-54
The growing complexity of the relations between scientific and judicial logic in procedures raises the question of the modification of the function of judge who,from having a role as decision-maker can find himself restricted to the role of regulator of a mechanism leading to a conclusion which eludes him. On the other hand, the technician, to the same degree, acquires real power over the content of the judicial truth. As a result, in certain areas, scientific knowledge tends to compete with the exercising of jurisdictional activity. However, it would be excessive to deduce resignation on the part of the judge in favour of the technician: the application of the rules of trial to scientific data along with the emergence of guiding principles for the scientific phase allows the judge to instrumentalise knowledge in favour of the fairest solution.
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