Informing the Judicial System Through the Amicus Lab

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A wide range of cases raise novel scientific issues, which judges can struggle to resolve. One way to provide courts with independent, evidence-based information and insight into complex scientific issues is through filing friend of the court briefs, known as amicus curiae briefs. The Wilson Center submits amicus briefs in state and federal appellate courts and in the U.S. Supreme Court where independent expert views may play a useful role.