Welcome to the ASTAR home
page, the official web site of the ASTA*
resource judge movement to
prepare scientifically and technologically grounded jurists for
State and Federal courts.
Resource Judges preside in complex cases featuring novel scientific
evidence and issues. They are skilled in mediation and other
procedures that may save litigants from the financial and emotional
costs of lengthy trials. They provide background and procedural
information to their colleagues. They provide leadership for
Bench, Bar and law school education for the next generation of jurists.
Resource Judges promote the independence of the courts and public
confidence in the courts. They respond transparently with
fair and balanced adjudication to the challenges posed by the explosion
of science and technology in the Nation's courtrooms.
ASTAR is a consortium of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Court of
Appeals of Maryland and the Supreme Court of Illinois, and the Supreme
Court of Washington. 39 jurisdictions are ASTAR Members. 43 judges
are ASTAR Fellows and 7 judges are honorary Fellows.
ASTAR continues EINSHAC's
decade-long tradition of the Congressionally mandated program to
prepare the courts for the impact of the human genome project. 4,000
judges were introduced to genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology
and genetic engineering. Mandated by Congress in 2006 to ramp
up its proof of concept to a national scale, ASTAR added the entire
scope of science, technology and forensics likely to be introduced
as evidence or issues in the trial and appeals of complex cases.
In January 2007, ASTAR began operation of a Congressionally mandated
project administered by the U. S. Department of Justice to ramp
up science and technology training from consortium States to all
U. S. Jurisdictions. This program will provide to all electing courts
the certified Language of the Sciences programs ASTAR collectively
terms "Platform A."
*ASTA = advanced science
and technology adjudication, including knowledge and performance foundations
applied to complex cases.
This web site is updated occasionally.
For web site inquiries, contact Ed Mooney,