Vulnerable Witnesses: the Changing Landscape of a Criminal Trial

06:00 pm - 08:45 pm

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Summary :

From 1 July 2018, the way vulnerable witnesses give evidence in Victoria will dramatically change with the introduction of Intermediaries and Ground Rules Hearings. 

The way in which practitioners question and handle child witnesses/those with a cognitive impairment will be restricted and previous practices no longer tolerated. 

Professional Intermediaries, whose function is purely to facilitate the communication of vulnerable witnesses,  will be present in court to assist the vulnerable person and provide reports in advance setting out the limitations of the questioning of the witness. The use of intermediaries follows P Redlich JA's comments in Ward v The Queen [2017] VSC 37 and also the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Sexual Offences. 

Victoria will be adopting procedures used in other jurisdictions, such as NSW, New Zealand and the UK. This talk is aimed at introducing the new scheme and suggesting some tactics when involved in cases that will necessitate an intermediary.

Chair : Ian Hill QC
Presenter : Rishi Nathwani and Rosalind Avis
Compulsory Field: Substantive Law
$66 (Incl GST)
CPD Units: 1
Catering: Includes Drinks & Canapés
Date 28/06/2018
Time 06:00 pm - 08:45 pm
Monash University Law Chambers
555 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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