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Sexual Abuse Cases – Evidence, Fact Finding and Assessment Part 1

An audio lecture for family lawyers addressing the evidential issues and fact finding considerations in sexual abuse cases. (Running time approx 70 minutes with comprehensive accompanying notes: CPD 2 hours)

This talk is presented by Cyrus Larizadeh QC of 4 Paper Buildings and Senate House Chambers.


The presentation covers:

• Evidence in sexual abuse cases

• Forensic evidence
• Classification of evidence
• Importance of first allegations
• Analysis of allegations
• Facts supporting truth telling
• Circumstances associated with an increased risk of child sexual abuse
• False allegations

• ABE interview process  

• Recommended ABE interview structure
• Key points of good ABE practice
• Key ABE errors
• ABE analysis
• ABE preparation and planning
• Recommended questioning techniques
• Common ABE questioning errors undermining free disclosure and the quality and reliability of evidence
• Features associated with truth telling in a child ABE
• Inconsistencies in the child's account
• Points of consideration relating to young children

• Trial process

• Fact finding
• Do we have all material disclosure?
• Evidence of children
• DVD or other evidence from the child
• Cross-examination by respondents of alleged victims

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Running time: 70 mins approx