Frye v. United States

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Frye v. United States  (1923) 
by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 (D.C. Cir. 1923) was a case that established the Frye standard, a test to determine the admissibility of scientific evidence. It provides that expert opinion based on a scientific technique is admissible only where the technique is generally accepted as reliable in the relevant scientific community. In Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993), the Supreme Court held that the Federal Rules of Evidence superseded Frye as the standard for admissibility of expert evidence in federal courts. Some states, though still adhere to the Frye standard.

Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

293 F. 1013




No. 3968

United States Court of Appeals,
District of Columbia Circuit.

November 7, 1923, Submitted

December 3, 1923, Decided

Appeal from the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia.

[p1013] Before SMYTH, Chief Justice, VAN ORSDEL, Associate Justice, and MARTIN, Presiding Judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals.

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