Secondary Catalogue

Legal Studies

Contains 58 Videos

Case Study 04

Expert Evidence

This case study likewise involves the contrast between well-presented and poorly presented evidence. In this scenario, the expert is being asked to explain the likelihood of DNA being accidentally transferred onto a train platform. The expert has...Show More

Case Study 10

Expert Evidence

In this first example, the expert, Dr Jodie Witkowski is flustered, causing the barrister to prompt her. The second example, the expert crisply delivers her statement with assurance, with occasional glances towards the judge/ jury.

Case Study 09

Expert Evidence

In the first example, the expert, Joe Bednall, appears to be mostly reading his evidence and doesn’t give the impression he’s across his material. The second example, the expert reads his statement, but punctuates the testimony with frequent...Show More

Case Study 08

Expert Evidence

In the first example, the expert, Dr Jodie Witkowski, makes the statement that suggests uncertainty about her material. No eye contact to the judge. The second example, the expert clearly and carefully articulates her information in an assertive...Show More

Case Study 07

Expert Evidence

In the first example, the expert, forensic scientist Dr Fred Anderson, makes the statement, with a questioning intonation in his voice. The second example, the same words, but delivered with aplomb. This time the expert looks towards the judge /...Show More

Case Study 06

Expert Evidence

A comparison between a question asked in an unclear manner by the lawyer, and a clearly asked question. In this scenario, the lawyer is attempting to undermine the expert witness’s credibility. The expert is being asked how frequently he has...Show More

Case Study 05

Expert Evidence

A comparison between a question asked in an unclear manner by the lawyer, and a clearly asked question. In this scenario, the lawyer is attempting to undermine the expert witness’s credibility. The expert is being asked how frequently he has...Show More

Case Study 03

Expert Evidence

This case study is a comparison between well-presented and poorly presented evidence. In this scenario, the expert is being asked about his investigation of a boat’s sinking rate. As part of the examination in chief, the expert is asked to...Show More

Episode 11: Miscarriages of Justice

Expert Evidence

Miscarriages of justice occur for sometimes the most slender, even avoidable reasons. This video presents some of the better-known Australian miscarriages of justice.

Episode 12: Top Tips

Expert Evidence

In the final video of this series, legal and forensic experts share excellent and easy-to-remember tips for expert witnesses seeking to improve performance in the courtroom.

Case Study 02

Expert Evidence

This case study demonstrates the importance of preparation for presentation in court. The scenario demonstrates where an expert witness, Dr Jodie Witkowski, has failed to organise her notes. Her lack of preparation is revealed when the barrister...Show More

Case Study 01

Expert Evidence

This case study examines the error of acting outside one’s area of expertise. The expert is being asked to explain the process of ouchterlony, an immunological technique used to detect the presence of human haemoglobin. The expert is Fred...Show More

Episode 10: Mistakes and Challenges

Expert Evidence

Anyone can make mistakes when presenting expert evidence in an adversarial legal context: this video canvases ways to avoid them, and how to meet the many challenges positively.

Episode 09: Presentation Skills

Expert Evidence

Legal and forensic experts present invaluable advice about the importance of good presentation in court and arbitral contexts.

Episode 08: Presenting Reports and Opinions

Expert Evidence

This video canvasses the elements that must comprise effective presentation of reports and opinions for court.

Episode 07: Effective Written Reports

Expert Evidence

Stephen Cordner (Forensic Medicine, Monash University) and David Wells (Forensic Medicine, Victoria Institute of Forensic Medicine) outline essential aspects of preparing effective written reports.

Episode 06: Pre-appearance Discussions

Expert Evidence

Sam Norton (Robert Stary Lawyers) and Karl Kent (Victoria Police Forensic Services Department) discuss with Professor Barbara Etter (Edith Cowan University) the importance of pre-appearance discussions with relevant parties.

Episode 05: Expert Witness Preparation

Expert Evidence

This video discusses the do’s and don’t of preparation for court testimony and cross-examination.

Episode 04: Credibility and Experience

Expert Evidence

Former Supreme Court judge The Hon Frank Vincent AO QC, Professor David Denton of Victoria University and others present their perspective on the importance of expert witnesses’ credibility and experience.

Episode 03: Credentials and Technology

Expert Evidence

Professor Barbara Etter (Edith Cowan University), police forensic investigator Karl Kent, and Sam Norton of Robert Stary Lawyers discuss the challenges posed by evolving technologies when developing and presenting expert evidence.

Episode 02: Ethics and Standards

Expert Evidence

Various legal and forensic specialists examine the behaviours and accountability that must be demonstrated by expert witnesses.

Episode 01: Role of the Expert

Expert Evidence

This video defines and discusses the expert witness’ role and responsibilities.
Purposes of Criminal Sanctions in Australia

Purposes of Criminal Sanctions in Australia

Australian Criminal Law

This programme details the key aims of imposing criminal sentences upon offenders in Australia. The purpose and effectiveness of sentencing and sanctions are explored. Viewers are introduced to states and territory law acts, and various cases are...Show More
Determining Criminal Sentences in Australia

Determining Criminal Sentences in Australia

Australian Criminal Law

This programme explores the types of sentencing imposed on criminal offenders in Australia and the factors taken into account when determining sentences. Current practices include fines, community orders, home detention and prison terms. How...Show More
Crimes Against the Environment

Crimes Against the Environment

Crimes against the environment take many forms, but it is a complex area of criminology. This programme, presented by Dr Steven Taylor, explores green crime and includes interviews with experts Dr Gary Potter and Dr Matt Follett. It introduces...Show More