Deaf witnesses and defendants: Common issues, culture clash and case law

Thursday 12 June 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Learn about issues which arise in trials involving the profoundly deaf with an experienced criminal defence barrister and a chartered clinical psychologist

Date: Thursday 12 June 2014
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ   Get directions

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This seminar will provide delegates with an outline of the issues which arise in trials involving the profoundly deaf. Delegates will leave with an increased understanding of the complexities that can occur when cases involve witnesses or defendants who rely predominantly on sign language.

This seminar will cover:

  • The culture clash between the hearing and the deaf and how this can factor into the trial process
  • Specific issues which can arise in relation to fitness to plead and competence
  • The dichotomy between the visual and the verbal and its effect on the adduction of evidence
  • The adaptation of special measures
  • An analysis of the current case law

What is included?

  • 1.5 hours of fully-accredited CPD training
  • Talks prepared by an experienced criminal defence barrister and a chartered clinical psychologist
  • Comprehensive notes for your future reference
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments

Who should attend?

Criminal defence solicitors

About the speakers

Clare Wade is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team. She is an experienced criminal defence barrister and has particular expertise in representing vulnerable defendants.

Dr Sue O'Rourke is a chartered clinical psychologist, a sign language interpreter and the lead author of the Advocacy Training Council Toolkit, Planning to question someone who is deaf (forthcoming).

 

CPD Hours: 1.5

Speakers: Clare Wade and Dr Sue O'Rourke

Cost: £25.00 per person plus VAT

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