The Case for Principled and Practical Propensity Evidence Reform
The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal contains the following articles: “The Law Of Sorcery In Madayin” – Dr Danial Kelly; “Strategies For Avoiding A Jurisdiction Clause In International Litigation” – James O’Hara; “The Qualification To The Birthright Doctrine And Beyond: The Judicial Attitude To Adapting The Common Law To Australian Conditions” – Dr Sonali Walpola. This Part also includes the following sections: Current Issues; Conveyancing and Property; Class Actions; Equity and Trusts; and Around the Nation: Tasmania.
The admissibility of propensity evidence has become an area of notorious difficulty. This was highlighted by the work of the McClellan Royal Commission in the context of the low rate of convictions in relation to alleged child sexual offences, where such evidence can play a decisive role in what might otherwise be a “word against word” case.