Right to Silence (FULLY BOOKED)

11 February 2013

This seminar is fully booked, please email to be placed on a wait list.


The NSW Government has foreshadowed legislation that will change the standard caution given to suspects held in police custody. This panel session will examine the impact of the proposed amendments on one of the fundamental tenets of our legal system - the right to silence - and the implications for accused, legal practitioners and the criminal justice system as a whole.

Panel Members

Phillip Boulten SC (NSW Bar Association) - Phillip Boulten SC practises from Forbes Chambers. He specialises in criminal trials and appeals. He is currently the President of the New South Wales Bar Association and is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Criminal Law Committee.

Associate Professor David Hamer (Sydney Law School) - David Hamer's primary research interest is in the law of evidence. He takes an interdisciplinary approach, interrogating the law - and the proof process more broadly - using tools drawn from probability theory, narrative theory and psychology. His interest in evidence law often flows over into areas of substantive law and broader issues, in particular law's continuing struggle with the notion of causation, criminal justice, and the causes of and solutions to wrongful convictions.

This is a joint event of the NSW Bar Association and the Sydney Institute of Criminology (Sydney Law School)

Time: 5.15 - 6.30pm

Location: Bar Common Room, NSW Bar Association, Lower Ground Floor, Selborne Chambers, 174 Phillip Street


Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: 02 9351 0429

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