Lawyers and jurors need to know what causes people to behave the way they do.
Reliving trauma and not being believed – just two of the damning indictments about seeking justice for sexual violence.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging could reveal whether someone knows something they’re not telling.
John Graner et al/Frontiers in Neurology
Using mind reading technologies in court could become common practice.
George Pell’s evidence, which implied that children’s complaints of abuse were widely disbelieved ‘back then’, overlooks the long history of successful prosecutions.
George Pell told the royal commission into child sex abuse the Catholic Church was predisposed not to believe children's complaints. But, when abuse was reported, police and the courts believed them.
Family Court clients often have specific needs and vulnerabilities.
Merging the back-end operations of Australia's federal courts could have significant implications for the way in which resources are allocated to meet the needs of family courts and their clients.
Plea bargaining in our criminal justice system receives far more negative than positive attention.
Plea bargaining consistently attracts more attention than almost any other aspect of the criminal justice system. Recently, it has received more attention than usual after US District Court judge Jed Rakoff…
The ‘lock 'em up’ approach largely ignores the victim.
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All too often, governments take the lazy option when faced with public outcry about sexual offences. Their automatic, knee-jerk, politically charged response is to “get tough on crime” by imposing mandatory…