Yesterday the Victorian Court of Appeal handed down a decision on the qualification of psychiatrists to give expert evidence as to the common behaviour of child victims of sexual abuse within families and of common features of maternal responses to the child’s complaint. This case is, to my knowledge at least, the first in this area since the High Court repeated warnings about the proper qualification of experts in Dasreef v Hawchar (2011) 243 CLR 588 and should be of interest to all members of the criminal bar.

READ THE DECISION HERE