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Pocket Evidence Law updated.

Supreme Court Justice Chris Beale has recently updated his Pocket Evidence Law resource to incorporate the recent decision of Snyder v DPP [2021] VSCA 96.

This decision focussed on the operation of ss 65 and 137 of the Evidence Act 2008 in the context of a deceased complainant in a sexual assault trial. The Victorian Court of Appeal affirmed the trial judge’s decision to admit evidence from the committal despite the defence argument that unfair prejudice arose from the possibility that the complainant’s evidence was the result of recovered memory, the poor quality of cross-examination at committal and forensic difficulties arising from the complainant having researched the accused’s past offending.

Pocket Evidence Law can be accessed on our Uniform Evidence Resources page