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National Judicial Institute

Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta: Difficult Issues in Sexual Assault Trials

Overview

Building on previous seminars offered by the Court, this seminar focused on challenging issues that arise in sexual assault trials, with emphasis on substantive law and the social context of sexual assault trials.

Objectives

The program looked at difficult issues arising in sexual assault trials, with a particular focus on the law of consent and mistaken belief in consent; the impact of intoxication; providing effective reasons when assessing credibility.

Summary

Led by senior judges with experience in criminal law, legal academics and scientific experts, this seminar dealt with several substantively and practically difficult issues arising in sexual assault trials. Sessions were highly interactive, including round table discussions, applied work by participants on criminal trial scenarios and opportunities to ask questions to the faculty and their colleagues. The seminar focused on the substantive law of consent and mistaken belief in consent; the science of intoxication and how it has been treated in the jurisprudence; and providing effective reasons when determining credibility in sexual assault trials.

Date

May 29th 2018

Number of Participants

100

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