Daubert Standard

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The Daubert Standard is the successor of the Frye Standard. The standard includes a legally enforceable catalogue of criteria for testing of methods and theories. The result determines whether scientific principles are fulfilled.
Four Daubert criteria are taken into account: Verification of the method used, the publication of the method including a review by the research community, uncertainties in the method were identified and recorded in the results and the recognition of the method in the scientific community.

The Frye Standard was expanded to three other aspects so that that a procedure is not only dependent on the awareness and acceptance of the scientific community. Compliance with the standard is of great importance, since this influences the admissibility of the forensic method and also if the evidence procured by the procedure (such as a fingerprint) is allowed before the court. The catalogue is used mainly in the United States and in American case law, but other countries also rely now on the Daubert Standard on the admissibility of evidence in court.