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Covert recordings used as evidence in criminal trials

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Transcription of secretly recorded conversations used as evidence in criminal trials, presented by A/Professor Helen Fraser

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The NSW ANZAPPL Committee invites you to attend our first event of 2020!

About the Presentation:

Covert recordings are used in the investigation of many major crimes. A subset go on to be admitted as evidence in a subsequent trial. Since it is hard to control the recording conditions, the audio is often very indistinct. Current law allows admission of police transcripts to assist the jury in making out the content. Of course checks and balances have been established to ensure these transcripts do not mislead. Unfortunately the checks and balances are insufficient, and there are numerous cases of actual or potential injustice. In 2017 a consortium of Australian linguistics organisations put forward a 'call to action', asking the judiciary to review and reform legal procedures for the handling of indistinct covert recordings. In a recent consultation, a working party of judges accepted their concerns were valid. This presentation reviews the issues, and outlines the path forward. For background, please see forensictransription.com.au.

About the Speaker:

Associate Professor Helen Fraser is Adjunct Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of New England, Armidale. With a strong background in cognitive phonetics, extensive casework experience, and a record of pioneering research in forensic transcription, she was the leader of the 2017 call to action.

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The ANZAPPL NSW Branch AGM will be held prior to the presentation from 6:00-6:20pm.

The presentation is scheduled to start at 6:45pm and will conclude at 7:45pm.

Canapes and light refreshments will be served between 6:15-6:45pm.

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