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Combatting Bias in the Courtroom

October 28, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandra Porter
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Combatting Bias in the Courtroom
by Stewart Lewis, Writer & Photographer

What cognitive shortcuts do lawyers use when advocating for their clients? Are they aware they are using such shortcuts? Does that type of advocacy work with juries to get the decision lawyers want for their client? What about judges?

These and many other questions were vigorously discussed at a packed session of the Toronto Lawyers Association on Wednesday evening, October 19th, at the 6th Annual Current Topics in Ethics and Professionalism event.

The shortcuts are otherwise known as “heuristics”, explained Dr. Ruth Corbin, LL.D., a trained psychologist and chair of forensic research firm Corbin Partners Inc. Corbin teaches an upper-year course at Osgoode Hall, Judgment and Decision-making that equips students to examine the biases in their thinking, as well as in potential assessments made by judges and juries.

Read the full synopsis with pictures of the event here.