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Categories:
Criminal Law
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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
Plays on Computer:
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Course Aims:

This two-part mini-series on criminal law reform examines the law governing the admissibility of expert evidence in criminal proceedings. It discusses the current basis for admissibility, the problems associated with it and begin to outline the key reform proposals the Law Commission suggests focussing on reliability.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what is meant by expert evidence;
  • Be aware of the role of experts and expert evidence in criminal trials and the potential dangers associated with the use of expert evidence;
  • Be aware of some examples where concern has arisen over the reliability of certain types of expert evidence;
  • Understand the current approach taken to the admissibility of expert evidence in criminal trials;
  • Be aware of the deficiencies in the current system and how this might be improved to increase the reliability of expert opinions;
  • Understand the framework of the proposed reform to the admissibility test;
  • Understand how the proposed reliability test will work in practice.
Level:
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Classification:
Legislative Updates
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In this two-part CPDcast mini-series on criminal law reform, produced in conjunction with the Law Commission, focuses on the law surrounding the admissibility of expert evidence in criminal trials. It addresses where the Commission perceives the current law is deficient and how it might be codified to improve the reliability of expert evidence put before juries.

Podcast added: 10/10/11

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