Evidence in Domestic Abuse Cases

An update on case law concerning evidence in domestic abuse cases

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Course Overview

This webinar looks at recent case law dealing with evidence in domestic abuse trials; Such trials may have no complainant and prosecutors will be keen to prove the accusation relying on other evidence. Defence practitioners will be concerned to challenge admissibility or weight on behalf of the defendant.

This webinar is aimed at advocates from both sides; It may also be valuable for police station reps who want to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case as a preliminary to advising on interview strategy.

During this bite-size webinar lecturer and solicitor-advocate Olwen Davies will consider the following case law and topics:

• Griffiths [2018] EWHC 3062
   o Retraction and refusal to answer questions at trial
   o The difference between a prima facie case and surmounting the criminal burden and standard of proof
   o The significance of previous inconsistent statements
• Morgan v DPP [2016] ACD 67(23) DC
   o Res gestae - the approach to admissibility and weight
• Admission of res gestae and applying to exclude it
• The Judicial College specimen directions on previous inconsistent statements and res gestae
   o How to address a court on weight and the probative value of such evidence

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the supporting documentation

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will be up to date with case law concerning evidence in domestic abuse cases and will feel more confident when handling such cases

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal law practitioners including paralegals, probabtion and accredited police station represenatives

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About Instructor - Olwen Davies

Admitted in 1990, Olwen is freelance solicitor-advocate with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution work from the magistrates' court to the Court of Appeal. Olwen has lectured at post- graduate level and has presented many CPD courses for the legal profession, the police, Health and Safety Executive and others. Olwen is the co-author of Jordan's Criminal Practitioners Guide to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and is an avid supporter of Save UK Justice and the campaign to stop cuts to legal aid and the criminal justice system.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar
    00:26:39

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    26 Page
  • Problem Scenario
    2 Page

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