Viewing entries posted in October 2015

Continuing Professional Development for Today - Corporate Governance and Pleas/Bail Applications

Posted by Barbara Etter on 29 October 2015 | 0 Comments

This morning I am attending the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Essential Director Update here in Hobart. This is an invaluable forum which brings company directors up to date with legal developments in the corporate governance area over the last 12 months. I am particularly interested in corporate criminal fraud and the role and responsibilities of directors in this regard. AICD also provide a downloadable handbook with essential information. I am very pleased to have attained Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) over the years, having completed the AICD Company Directors Diploma course and having served on a number of Boards.

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ALA Civil Justice Award for Dr Kris Klugman OAM and Mr Bill Rowlings OAM of Civil Liberties Australia (CLA)

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 29 October 2015 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Dr Kris Klugman OAM, President of CLA, and Mr Bill Rowlings OAM, CEO of CLA, for winning the Australian Lawyers Alliance National Civil Justice Award for their work including championing the new further right to appeal legislation in Tasmania. The award was presented to them by the Tasmanian Governor, Her Excellency, the Honourable Professor Kate Warner AM, at the ALA national conference in Hobart last Friday 23 October 2015.

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Guidelines for Evaluative Reporting in Forensic Science from the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI)

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 28 October 2015 | 0 Comments

A thank you to Helen Roebuck and Jae Gerhard at Independent Forensic Services in NSW for drawing this important document to my attention, particularly as it relates to the interpretation of DNA evidence.  See http://independentforensicservices.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/enfsi_booklet_m1.pdf

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Commonwealth A-G Obliged to Correct Miscarriage of Justice

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 23 October 2015 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Dr Kris Klugman OAM, President for Civil Liberties Australia (CLA), for drawing this one to my attention.

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UK Report from the Forensic Science Regulator on the Interpretation of DNA Evidence

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 22 October 2015 | 0 Comments

The UK Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) has also published, in July 2012, a very interesting report on the interpretation of DNA evidence. See https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/143745/interpretation-of-dna-evidence.pdf

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Major UK Report from the Forensic Science Regulator on the Legal Obligations of Expert Witnesses

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 22 October 2015 | 0 Comments

I was also very interested to find a major, 141 page, report by the FSR on the legal obligations of expert witnesses entitled "Legal Obligations: Issue 3" (as at 6 October 2014).  See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/legal-obligations-issue-3.

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UK Draft Code of Practice and Conduct on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA)

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 22 October 2015 | 0 Comments

Very pleased to find that the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) in the UK has done an extensive amount of work in developing codes of practice and conduct for forensic science.

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Calls for a Criminal Cases Review Commission in South Australia

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 22 October 2015 | 0 Comments

A media release from Flinders University dated 21 October 2015 quoting Ms Bibi Sangha has pointed out that there may be a need for a Criminal Cases Review Commission in that jurisdiction if it is found that there are a concerning number of miscarriage of justice cases. See http://netk.net.au/SA/SA10.pdf

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Further Evidence on the Lack of Reliability in the Histologic Ageing of Bruises

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 9 October 2015 | 0 Comments

The ageing of bruising was a key issue in the Henry Keogh miscarriage of justice case in South Australia (which was alleged to have involved the forced drowning of a young woman in a bath). 

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Speech by the Chief Justice of the High Court to the 5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science 22 July 2015

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 9 October 2015 | 0 Comments

After having attended and presented at the 5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science in Adelaide in July 2015, I was pleased to find that the High Court Chief Justice, the Hon. Robert French AC, had made available his speech to the Conference dinner at the Adelaide Town Hall on the evening of 22 July 2015. See http://www.hcourt.gov.au/assets/publications/speeches/current-justices/frenchcj/frenchcj22July2015.pdf

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