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Seminar 5 IntroductionInformation
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SRA Competency B


Expert witnesses are being used in more criminal trials. An expert can greatly assist a side’s case - but when things aren’t done correctly the outcome can be catastrophic.

This course will enable you to understand how expert evidence can be used during the trial process, both in respect of the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. You will learn the basics of DNA and cell site evidence.

This course also includes real life case studies of matters involving these types of evidence and examples of how to examine in chief or cross examine expert witnesses.

What You Will Learn

This course will cover the following:

  • Background to expert evidence
    • Who is an expert?
    • What evidence can an expert give in court?
    • Different types of experts
    • The role of the Criminal Procedure Rules in the use of expert evidence
    • Expert evidence in the context of case management
  • Forensic Evidence - DNA
    • What is DNA?
    • How does the identification process work?
    • The role of statistics in forensic evidence, and the prosecutor’s fallacy
    • Case Study - R v N - conspiracy to defraud - challenging the science
    • An example examination in chief and cross examination of a forensic scientist
  • Cell Site Evidence
    • What is cell site evidence?
    • How can cell site evidence assist during the criminal trial
    • Limitations of cell site evidence
    • Case Study - R v L - fraud by false representation - an example of when cell site can undermine an alibi
    • An example examination in chief and cross examination of a cell site expert

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