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By Michael D. Bradley

Published via the yankee Geophysical Union as a part of the Water assets Monograph sequence, quantity 8.

The gavel is going down, the witness is termed and sworn in: "Will you inform the reality, the total fact, and not anything however the fact, so assist you God?" each court docket day scientists and engineers take this oath, but few recognize the tasks of knowledgeable witness and less nonetheless recognize the tactics in a lawsuit. Unprepared for the court, they watch a drama spread with no good thing about the plot (Ball, 1975). Courtrooms swirl with dress and rite. Jury, pass judgement on, and spectators imagine roles: viewers, director, trier of the evidence. And the legal professionals! legal professionals are the major dramatis personae. Protagonist and antagonist confront each other as legal professionals argue their consumers situations within the court. They item ceaselessly. They cross-examine opposing witnesses mercilessly. They communicate an opaque jargon of "laches," "remittitur" and "stare decisis." They communicate Latin: "ab initio," "in pari causa," "lex loci actus." They converse previous French: "estoppel," "fee simple," "voire dire." and so they communicate law-speak: "abuse of discretion," "clearly erroneous," "malice aforethought" (Mellinkoff, 1963). They name opposite types of an analogous tale real. They plead for figuring out and compassion. They combine self sustaining variables known as "facts" and a based variable referred to as "law" into an argumentative gruel for courtroom intake. Then it is over, and the pass judgement on promises his or her opinion. One legal professional calls it the choice of the last decade, a powerful instance of benign, reasoned legislation. the opposite darkly threatens to attraction the entire approach to the preferrred court docket, if helpful, to alleviate an arduous and oppressive injustice. All of this can be interesting theatre, yet to the unprepared scientist or engineer, the drama has not one of the appeal and all the readability of a eastern "Noh" play.

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