Uniform Evidence Law
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.
The latest Part of the Criminal Law Journal includes the following content: “Issues for the defence in trials with pre-recording of the evidence of vulnerable witnesses” – Scott Corish; “Prosecutors’ perceptions of the utility of video-evidence for adult complainants of sexual assault” – Nina J Westera and Martine B Powell; “The limited impact of Facebook and the displacement effect on the admissibility of identification evidence” – Paul McGorrery; Phillips’ Brief: “The special jury in Australia” – Alana Piper; Book review: Power of Persuasion: Essays by a Very Public Lawyer by Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC, reviewed by Gilles Renaud; and Digest of Recent Criminal Cases.
The latest Part of the Criminal Law Journal publishes the following articles: “The admissibility of forensic science and medicine evidence under the Uniform Evidence Law” – Gary Edmond; and “Retrials of persons acquitted of indictable offences in England and Australia: Exceptions to the rule against double jeopardy” – Marilyn McMahon. Also in this Part is an Editorial and a Digest of Criminal Law Cases.