Claimed amnesia within criminal proceedings: The role of the expert witness

Date: Tuesday 30 October 2012

Time: 18:00 to 19:00

Location: London Office

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Abigail Bright, James Wood QC, Professor Michael Kopelman, "Memory disorder in the law courts"

CPD: 1.5 Points

Fee: Free

In anticipation of the Law Commission's report, 'Insanity and Automatism' (currently at scoping paper stage), this seminar will discuss the effects of amnesia, memory disorders, and false memory on criminal evidence and practice in the courts, including the vital question: When and how does amnesia at the time of an alleged offence affect issues of responsibility? The panel of speakers includes Professor Michael Kopelman, an established and experienced expert witness, and two criminal practitioners at senior and junior levels of the profession, James Wood Q.C. and Abigail Bright. Each paper addresses a topical aspect at the coalface of criminal practice involving preparation for trial and sentence in cases involving memory disorder, including amnesia, and diminished responsibility. This is a timely review of case law subsequent to the introduction of the new test for diminished responsibility. 

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