Important Seminar at UTAS on 22 August 2016 on the Law of Evidence Post the High Court Decision in IMM v The Queen
I will be attending an important public seminar hosted by the Law Society of Tasmania, Tasmania Law Reform Institute and UTAS at the Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre at the Hobart UTAS campus from 4.30 pm on Monday 22 August 2016. The title of the event is "IMM v The Queen  HCA 14. What did the High Court Decide and What Does it Mean?". See https://members.lst.org.au/events/198/
I am planning to attend the Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference in Perth in November given my current coronial practice. The full program is now available: http://www.dcconferences.com.au/apcsc2016/pdf/APCSC_2016_-_Program_Overview.pdf. I have attended the last four annual conferences in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Hobart. I have also managed to build a good professional library now on coronial matters.
Just received my copy of Inquests: A Practitioner's Guide by Leslie Thomas, Adam Straw, Daniel Machover and Danny Friedman QC (Legal Action Group London 2014) from the UK.
Found an interesting article from The Guardian (8 July 2016) on Twitter which raises the issue of the numbers of alleged wrongful convictions in the US and highlights five of the current cases which might be the next exonerations to occur, particularly following the success of Serial. See https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/07/adnan-syed-retrial-serial-innocence-exonerations
Have just been reading through the NSW Police Force Code of Practice for CRIME (Custody, Rights, Investigation, Management and Evidence) (as at April 2015). See http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/108808/Code_of_Practice_for_Crime.pdf
Further Right to Appeal Legislation: Frits Van Beelen Refused Leave to Appeal in Decision Handed Down 13 July 2016
Yesterday, 13 July 2016, the South Australian Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) (the Hon Chief Justice Kourakis, the Hon Justice Vanstone and the Hon Justice Kelly) handed down its decision in the third case to come to the CCA since the commencement of the further right to appeal legislation in May 2013. See http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinodisp/au/cases/sa/SASCFC/2016/71.html?stem=0&synonyms=0&query=van%20beelen (The other two cases have involved Henry Keogh and Adrian Drummond).
Decision in the SA Further Right to Appeal Case in Frits Van Beelen to be handed down today in Adelaide at 2.15 pm
The third decision regarding the new further right to appeal legislation in SA will be handed down today by the SA Court of Criminal Appeal at 2.15 pm (13 July 2016).
Marie Shaw SC, who worked for two years pro bono on the Henry Keogh case in SA, speaks out what occurred in the case for the first time: http://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/stories/keogh-lawyer
Article in the New York Times Magazine on how cheap roadside drug tests are sending innocent people to Jail
Thanks to CEO of CLA, Mr Bill Rowlings, for sending me this one: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/magazine/how-a-2-roadside-drug-test-sends-innocent-people-to-jail.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
Frits Van Beelen Decision re Further Right to Appeal to be Handed down in SA at 2.15 pm Wednesday 13 July 2016
A decision in the third further right to appeal case heard in SA is due to be handed down at 2.15 on Wednesday 13 July 2016. For the background to the story, see here: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/frits-van-beelen-wins-permission-to-appeal-1970s-conviction-over-taperoo-beach-murder/news-story/c4f91a8ed5cdbd818c33b4163f072b83