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The nature of questions arising in court that can be addressed via probability and logic

Presented by: 
Bernard Robertson LexisNexis
Date: 
Tuesday 30th August 2016 - 14:30 to 15:00
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 

At the admissibility stage, judges are faced with questions such as "can extrinsic evidence of the truth of a confession (or eye-witness identification) be taken into account when considering whether a confession (or identification) is "reliable"? 

The structure of these problems will be addressed using Bayesian logic along with the more difficult question over which the High Court of Australia recently divided in IMM v R [2016] HCA 14 namely whether when evidence has to reach a threshold of "heightened probative value" to be admitted, the judge should consider the credibility and reliability of the witness and the evidence or whether the judge should consider only the LR for the content of the evidence as evidence of the final probandum, assuming it to be true.

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Presentation Material: 
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons