SHOULD APPELLATE JUDGES BE REQUIRED TO TAKE COURSES IN BASIC SCIENCE? More importantly, should they be required to pass a course on the scientific method and its application to everyday problems?
Daubert and Kumho Tire have been criticized on the ground that they require too much scientific training on the part of judges. But if the recent "pit bull" decision from the Maryland Court of Appeals is any indicator, the problem is that we don't require enough scientific training of our judges. Or any at all.