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Title: Atkins v The Emperor: the ‘cautious’ use of unreliable ‘expert’ opinion
Contributor(s): Edmond, Gary (author); Kemp, Richard (author); Porter, Glenn  (author); Hamer, David (author); Burton, Mike (author); Biber, Katherine (author); Roque, Mehera San (author)
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
DOI: 10.1350/ijep.2010.14.2.349
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Abstract: What happens to a country under constant surveillance? The recent decision in Atkins v The Queen provides a partial answer.1 The sheer availability of images seems to be driving decisions about their admissibility and use as identification evidence. Confronted with CCTV recordings associated with criminal activities English courts have been reluctant to restrict their admission or impose limitations on the scope or form of incriminating opinion derived from them. Although the Court of Appeal decision in Atkins v The Queen is concerned primarily with the way in which an opinion derived from CCTV images was expressed, the decision exposes jurisprudential weakness and continuing problems with photo comparison and facial-mapping evidence.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP0771770
Source of Publication: The International Journal of Evidence & Proof, 14(2), p. 146-166
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1365-7127
Field of Research (FOR): 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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