Reliability of memory

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Judicial officers present were asked to raise topics that they would like more information about pertaining to the reliability of memory and the use of expert testimony about memory in jury trials. Further notes and references were supplied to participants after the seminar. The Goodman-Delahunty, Nolan and van Gijn-Grosvenor (July 2017) work "Empirical Guidance on the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Memory and Complainants' Evidence" completed for the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was discussed, especially Appendix 10.1. Further discussion included about myths of memory, the concept of the chain of custody of memory, the tension between general and case-specific evidence, and the basis and source of expert opinion (eg. from meta-analyses or not). A paper on recommended ways to deal with inconsistency in memory evidence was discussed (Fisher, Brewer, and Mitchell, 2009). A paper on the Cardinal Pell cases was also discussed (Goodman-Delahunty, Martschuk, and Nolan, 2020 44 Crim LJ 232).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 06 May 2021
EventNational Judicial College of Australia Jury Management Program - QT Hotel, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 06 May 202107 May 2021


SeminarNational Judicial College of Australia Jury Management Program
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