Expert evidence information session recording available

A New Regime for Expert Evidence in Supreme Court Criminal Proceedings was presented by Justice Burns last month and the recording is now available.

The information session was held on 19 June in the Banco Court after the Chief Justice issued Practice Direction 14 of 2024 with the accompanying information notice.

It is effective as of 15 July 2024 and will apply to all criminal proceedings in the Supreme Court commenced by an indictment presented on or after that date (other than sentences).

Justice Burns was joined by Justice Boddice and a panel of practitioners from the Bar and DPP at the information session, which attracted more than 300 attendees in person and online.

One purpose of the practice direction is to enhance the quality and reliability of expert evidence relied on by the prosecution and the accused in criminal trials and pre-trial hearings in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

It is also intended to encourage the early identification of disputed forensic issues and help focus the expert evidence on those issues.


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