5pm registration 

5.15pm The Chair,  The Hon Justice Peter Applegarth AM, Supreme Court of Queensland, will introduce the speaker, Professor Gary Edmond,  UNSW Law, and commentator, Mr Saul Holt QC

6.45pm Refreshments in the foyer


Sensitive to enduring legal commitments and values, but drawing directly upon scientific research and advice, this paper will explain what is required to present, contest and evaluate forensic science and medicine evidence in criminal proceedings. It will identify areas of Australian legal practice that are curiously inconsistent with scientific recommendations and discuss these anomalies. Using examples, the paper will explain why some prevailing legal approaches to forensic science and medicine are misguided and suggest ways in which practice might be improved so that legal uses are more consistent with the recommendations of mainstream scientists.


This seminar is accredited for CPD purposes by the Queensland Bar Association, 1.5 CPD points in the Substantive Law strand.


Register for this seminar online via the Queensland Bar Association.

About Current Legal Issues Seminar Series

Launched in 2009, Current Legal Issues is a high profile series of seminars featuring leading national and international legal scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary.

The series is a collaboration between UQ Law, the Bar Association of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library. It seeks to bring together leading scholars, practitioners and members of the Judiciary in Queensland and from abroad, with a view to:

  • providing a forum for the critical analysis and discussion of current legal issues
  • bringing to bear upon those issues the different perspectives offered by leading academics, legal professionals and the Judiciary
  • forging stronger links between academic and practising lawyers in Queensland.

Each seminar will comprise a Chair, Speaker, and Commentator. The Chair will introduce the Speaker and Commentator. A paper will then be presented by a leading practitioner or academic lawyer, and will be subject to a brief, expert commentary. There will then be an opportunity for members of the floor to ask questions and engage in further discussion. The paper and a short profile of each participant will be available in advance on this website to assist in facilitating full discussion.


The Banco Court
Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
415 George Street