An update on case law concerning evidence in domestic abuse cases
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  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  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
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