Scientific communication in court is particularly relevant for the understanding of the post-academic era of science. For this study twelve narrative interviews with experts, lawyers, judges and journalists were collected. The analysis revealed that they all communicate science in different ways and with different interlocutors, with varying expectations and results. Another peculiarity of scientific communication in the legal context is that there is a conflict of expectations between experts and jurists. While the expert`s priority is the correct understanding and use of scientific truth, the legal party’s priority is the acceptance or refusal of a scientific truth, to reconstruct the legal truth.

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Science in court
Experts and advisers as postacademic science communicators

Licia Gambarelli   1.ICS, Innovations in Science Communication, International School forAdvanced Studies (ISAS),Italy 2.Laboratorio Multimedia e divulgazione, Instituto Nazionale per la Fisicadella Materia (INFM)

Scientific communication in court is particularly relevant for the understanding of the post-academic era of science. For this study twelve narrative interviews with experts, lawyers, judges and journalists were collected. The analysis revealed that they all communicate science in different ways and with different interlocutors, with varying expectations and results. Another peculiarity of scientific communication in the legal context is that there is a conflict of expectations between experts and jurists. While the expert`s priority is the correct understanding and use of scientific truth, the legal party’s priority is the acceptance or refusal of a scientific truth, to reconstruct the legal truth.

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