chapter  27
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Legal epidemiology, evidence-informed law and administrative data

New frontiers in the study of family justice
WithMatthew A. Jay

Epidemiological methods have the potential to transform how we see the family justice system, especially when combined with population data resources including research and administrative data sets. I describe epidemiological methods and how these can be used in the study of law and legal processes (legal epidemiology). Importantly, drawing analogy with decades of evidence-informed medicine, I also highlight issues around the use of research evidence to support day-to-day decision-making in the courts and other settings (evidenced-informed law). I round off by considering practical challenges—and proffered solutions—to taking legal epidemiology and evidence-informed law forward.