Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Forensic Analysis

Ian Freckelton

University of Melbourne

A leading cross-disciplinary scholar in relation to expert evidence, forensic science and forensic psychiatry and psychology; a prolific international author and speaker; and an experienced advocate and judge. He is the author and editor of more than 50 books and over 600 articles and chapters of books.


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A core task of the courts is to evaluate expert evidence and to determine the probative value that should be given to the reports and testimony by expert witnesses, especially medical and scientific. This is so whether the litigation is criminal, civil or family law. Courts rely heavily upon both expert evidence in the form of fact and opinion. This requires clarity and reliability in the evidence by forensic experts and also adherence to sound methodologies and ethical precepts. Courts experience particular challenges in dealing with conflicting expert evidence. This has resulted in diverse methodologies include the use of assessors, court-appointed experts, expert juries, expert conclaves and the giving of concurrent evidence by expert witnesses. Issues arising from the evolving rules of evidentiary admissibility have also been controversial in light of the evolution of new forms of forensic science and medicine which have generated scholarship about both miscarriages of justice and scientific validity and reliability.

This book will provide readers with an overview of assessment of expert evidence and assist lawyers and experts alike to reflect more deeply on how forensic reports and testimony are presented and evaluated.

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Date completed: September 30th 2020

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Expected publication date: May 16th 2021

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Ian Freckelton

University of Melbourne

Professor Freckelton is a senior barrister - a Queen's Counsel - at Castan Chambers, Melbourne, Australia; a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru; a Professorial Fellow of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne; an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University; and an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and the Editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine. He is a Member of the Coronial Council of Victoria, the Mental Health Tribunal of Victoria and The Australian Advisory Council on Medicinal Cannabis. He is an elected Fellow of The Australian Academy of Law, the The Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Australasian College of Forensic Medicine. He is the author and editor of more than 50 books and over 600 articles and chapters of books, including I Freckelton, Expert Evidence: Law, Practice, Procedure and Advocacy (Thomson Reuters, 6th edn, 2019), I Freckelton

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