Excellent article from the Australian Institute of Criminology on Recent Developments in DNA evidence
Came across an excellent article by the Australian Institute of Criminology (Marcus Smith and Monique Mann, November 2015) on Recent Developments in DNA evidence, including significant cases. See http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/501-520/tandi506.html
The decision of the High Court of Australia in The Queen v Baden-Clay  HCA 35 (31 August 2016)
The decision of the High Court of Australia (French CJ, Kiefel, Bell, Keane and Gordon JJ) can be found here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2016/35.html
The reasons for the High Court reinstating Baden-Clay's murder conviction of his wife can be found here: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/publications/judgment-summaries/2016/hca-35-2016-08-31.pdf
Last night I attended the launch of the book One Flew Over the Kookaburra's Nest by Kevin Moylan, a former Tasmanian psychiatric nurse, at the Cascade Hotel in South Hobart. Speakers at the launch included the author himself, Ged Kearney, President of the ACTU, and Isla MacGregor from Whistleblowers Tasmania.
Interesting discussion on the Sydney criminal lawyers website about a 2012 case in WA where a juror, after the verdict, advised via a note to the judge that he had been coerced (an assault in the toilet) into agreeing with the jury's majority vote. See https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/
Found a very useful paper examining police duty and transgressions from the NSW CLE. See http://criminalcle.net.au/attachments/Off_Duty__Will_Tuckey.pdf. The paper was presented to the Aboriginal Legal Service (ACT/NSW) on 14 May 2016 by barrister W S Stuckey of Garfield Barwick Chambers.
Last night I attended the AGM of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Inc (ANZFSS). I am delighted to now be on the Committee of the Society. I have been a member, on and off, of the Society since the early 1980's and have attended numerous national conferences, including a number of international forensic science conferences.
Today is the deadline for comment on the Proposed Legal Profession (Barristers) Rules 2016. See http://www.tasmanianbar.com.au/proposed-legal-profession-barristers-rules-2016-notice.html
Next Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) Tas Branch in Hobart 25 August 2016
As a member, I will be attending the AGM and next meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) (Tas Branch) which is to be held at the New Sydney Hotel at 6 pm on Thursday 25 August 2016. The presenter will be Associate Professor Roberta Julian from the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) at UTAS. Roberta, our current President, will be speaking on "The Effectiveness of Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System: Critical Issues at the Crime Scene".
Found a very informative article on the possible implications or flow-on effects of the recent overturning of the Brendan Dassey conviction for his uncle, Steven Avery. See the article entitled "'Making a Murderer': What Brendan Dassey Decision Means for Steven Avery" of 16 August 2016 by Amelia McDonell-Parry from Rolling Stone here: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/what-brendan-dassey-decision-means-for-steven-avery-w434421