Viewing entries posted in May 2015
2015 ANZSOC Conference in Adelaide 25-27 November - "Security and Rule of Law: The Changing Face of Criminal Justice"
The next Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) conference will be hosted by Flinders University in Adelaide on Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 November 2015. See http://www.anzsoc.org/cms-conferences/conferences.phps
I am currently considering attending the 5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science in Adelaide from 22 to 23 July 2015. See http://law.adelaide.edu.au/icelfs/. There is a very impressive array of speakers and the conference is to be addressed by the Chief Justice of the High Court. The conference will critique contemporary issues in evidence law and forensic science from the perspectives of law, forensic science, political science and cultural study.
I refer to my recent blog on this issue from 27 May 2015 regarding the report by Brent Turvey of Bond University, Queensland, Australia, entitled "Forensic Fraud: Evaluating Law Enforcement and Forensic Science Cultures in the Context of Examiner Misconduct". Here is the second part of the 2012 report's abstract:
I found a very useful report on the Internet entitled "Forensics Under the Microscope: Challenges in Providing Forensic Science Services in Queensland" which was prepared by the then Crime and Misconduct Commission in Queensland in 2002 following a wrongful conviction for rape.
Transcripts Available into the Death of Joseph Gilewicz - Tasmanian Commission of Inquiry into a Fatal Police Shooting in Tasmania in 1991
The transcripts into one of the few Commissions of Inquiry held in Tasmania under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1995 can be found here: http://webarchive.linc.tas.gov.au/20120629012212/http://store.odi.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/STORS/0719a145-ae3c-d87d-f46c-3ad0a2f270e3/1/web1/index-3.html
In working on addressing some recent concerns with the quality of forensic science presented in a criminal court, I discovered a 318 page report from Queensland completed as part of a PhD at Bond University in 2012 by Brent Turvey MS entitled "Forensic Fraud: Evaluating Law Enforcement and Forensic Science Cultures in the Context of Examiner Misconduct". See http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1115&context=theses. Part of the Abstract (which deals with US cases) is produced below:
Shirely Finn Murder Case from 1975 - CCC involved in light of possible police involvement - Value of a Coronial Inquest
The 1975 Shirley Finn murder case in WA has come to the fore after reported revelations from a retired policeman and the production of a book manuscript. See http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/witnesses-involved-in-shirley-finn-case-have-compromised-investigation-says-police-commissioner-karl-ocallaghan/story-fnhocxo3-1227368389124
NZ Public Interest Project to Launch 1 June 2015 - NZ Community Response Given No Criminal Cases Review Commission
A very interesting and timely article in stuff.co.nz from 19 May 2015 about the NZ community response to miscarriages of justice in the absence of something akin to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in the UK (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/68647937/panel-to-investigate-suspected-miscarriages-of-justice):
Community Consultation on Amendments to the Tasmanian DPP Act 1973 and the Solicitor General Act 1983
The Government is currently seeking feedback on the Law Officers (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2015. See http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/community_consultation2
The Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) released an issues paper on 18 May 2015 on the issue of bullying. The paper examines the capacity of current Tasmanian laws to address the issue of bullying and cyber-bullying. Submissions are invited by 31 July 2015 either by completing the submission template or by providing a more detailed written response. See http://www.utas.edu.au/law-reform/news-and-events/tlri-news/new-issues-paper-released