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Vulnerable/Communication-impaired People in the Courts: What do lawyers need to know?

Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
18:00 to 19:00

Presented by Dr Emily Henderson.

Research shows that there are more communication impaired people appearing in court than had been recognised previously and there is a big policy push for lawyers to be more accommodating of their needs, including during examination. What are the main things to remember when dealing with vulnerable people in court and how can lawyers manage these needs while still meeting the needs of the client?

Dr Emily Henderson is a New Zealander who got her PhD in Cambridge. She is a practising lawyer who has also researches and writes about the reform of criminal trial practice in relation to vulnerable defendants and witnesses, especially children, and, inter alia, co-authored the 2010 review of child witnesses in NZ courts. In 2012 she was the first woman and the first practitioner to be awarded the NZ Law Foundation International Research Fellowship and spent it looking at the judge-led trial practice reforms in England and Wales. In 2015 she was awarded the IIRIG Academic Excellence Award for he writing. In the last three years she has been advising the NZ District Court judiciary on the development of their current pilot programmes for trials involving child witnesses and serious sexual offences, and lectures on their specialist sex offences seminar. She was a panellist/speaker at the Australian Royal Commission on Institutional Abuse and also lectures to the NZ Bar and NZ police. She lives on a rural property with her husband, four children and an assortment of other animals.

The Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) is committed to supporting excellence in the South Australian legal profession. CPD Central is an AGD initiative.

This seminar is open to all South Australian legal practitioners. Attendance may count towards Mandatory Continuing Professional Development requirements.

Organiser (agency)
Attorney-General's Department
Room 1, Level 1, Flinders University Building, Victoria Square (entry on Flinders Street)
Free for AGD employees, $40.00 fee applies to other SA Government employees and Non-Government organisation employees

Bookings via Eventbrite and registration on the day are required, to enable attendance records to be kept for MCPD verification purposes.

Contact details

If you have any queries about the CPD session, please contact AGDCPDCentral [at] sa.gov.au.