Outline of Probability

March 28th 2017

I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.
- Bill Maudlin

Relevance of Probability

Australian law schools tend to be light in their treatment of the associated fields of legal reasoning and legal skills. In an attempt to rectify part of this neglect this article provides an elementary account of probability. The legal system uses probability in several circumstances. To facilitate this the article provides a basic account of probability.

One common circumstance for using probability is projections by actuaries for the purpose of assessing damages for personal injury. Another major use is in findings facts in a court case. Since this is fundamental to the legal system it is worth outlining how it works.