Managing sexual offence cases. 

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Friday 28th June 2024

Full Day EVENT | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


Sexual offence law is highly complex with judicial officers required to navigate law, evidence, procedure and emotion, in the context of changing legislation and evolving jurisprudence.

Learn from experienced judicial officers and experts about the latest legal principles and practices relevant to sexual offence cases in Victoria.

In this full-day program, you will deepen your understanding of: 

  • procedures to get the best evidence from complainants and vulnerable witnesses, including through ground rules hearings and intermediaries 

  • major areas of evidence law relevant to sexual offence cases, including hearsay exceptions and the tendency and coincidence rules 

  • the impact of changing legislation on the elements of offences, definitions of consent and the obligation to give certain jury directions 

  • how to manage the additional challenges that arise when childhood sexual abuse is not disclosed for decades.