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Dr Emily Henderson

Dr Emily Henderson

Emily usually practises as a barrister in the criminal and civil courts in New Zealand but is currently on sabbatical completing her work as the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow, which fellowship funded the research in this article.

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Jewel in the crown?

Emily Henderson looks at the cross-examining of vulnerable witnesses and asks whether this supposed jewel in the adversarial crown is being successfully reformed by the courts.

Conventionally, cross-examination is regarded as the jewel in the adversarial crown. However, 30 years of empirical research has shown it to be highly unreliable as a means of investigating the evidence of vulnerable people in particular.

03 November 2014
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