The recent introduction of Evidence Amendment (Tendency and Coincidence) Bill 2020 (NSW) by the NSW Government, likely to be soon followed in Victoria, expressly and aggressively lowers further the threshold for admissibility of tendency evidence insofar as it relates to child sex offences.
Following on the heels of the High Court’s recent tendency rulings, the proposed legislation turns up the heat on the debate about whether that threshold has been lowered too far or doesn’t go far enough, whether this discrete aspect of evidence law should be fragmented, and amplifies the disconnect between modern tendency law and the underlying principles developed through more than a century of common law.
This seminar is presented by two experienced migration law practitioners who will discuss the interaction between the criminal law and the cancellation of a visa and deportation.
Since 1989 DNA evidence has been relied upon in Australian courts to secure convictions. In subsequent years there has been significant developments in the technology used to obtain DNA, from 9 to 21 loci and STRMix, and the application of DNA including the establishment of a national DNA database. Every step along the way has been the subject of legal challenge with a considerable body of case law being the result.
The future for practitioners is likely to see just as much development with an increasing reliance in prosecutions upon familial searching, the profiling of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA and forensic DNA phenotyping (FDP). This seminar will discuss these changes and explore future directions.