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Virtual Courts, Technology and Cross-Examination

2021 Criminal Law CPD Series:

Virtual Courts, Technology and Cross-Examination

CPD Points: 1.5


During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the administration of justice and essential services of courts continued through the increased use of communication technologies. The shift to digital or virtual justice in both civil and criminal jurisdictions accelerated with varying degrees of success. This webinar will examine recent case law that:

  • draws out the different experiences of civil and criminal courts from the perspectives of the judiciary, lawyers, parties and witnesses;
  • highlights the implications for remote witnesses; and
  • reveals the impact and challenges of digital or virtual justice on cross-examination, demeanour and credibility.

This webinar will assist legal practitioners in preparing for remote matters and dealing with courtroom technologies.


Dr Carolyn McKay is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School where she teaches Criminal Law, Civil & Criminal Procedure and Digital Criminology. She is CoDirector of the Sydney Institute of Criminology. Carolyn is recognised for her research into technologies in justice, specifically her empirical research into prisoners’ experiences of accessing justice from a custodial situation by audio visual links, published in her monograph,The Pixelated Prisoner: Prison video links, court ‘appearance’ and the justice matrix (2018) Routledge. During the period July 2021 – June 2024, Carolyn will undertake her ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) ‘The Digital Criminal Justice Project: Vulnerability and the Digital Subject’. Carolyn serves on the NSW Bar Association Innovation & Technology Committee and served on the 2019 NSW Law Society Legal Technologies Committee. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford 2019 and for 3 months at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain 2013-14. Carolyn has previously consulted on anti-dumping trade disputes and indirect taxation, working in both Sydney and Tokyo, and she also has a digital media/visual arts practice.


Full series (7 webinars) = $300
Individual webinar(s) = $50

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This webinar will be released on Wednesday 28 July.

You will receive a webinar link on this date, and can also register at a later date to catch up in your own time. 

About the series

This new 2021 Criminal Law CPD series, presented by the Sydney Institute of Criminology is made up of 7 webinars. Topics include: criminal behaviour in the digital age, consent and culpability in sex cases involving adults, irreducible life sentences, preventive detention; and neurotechnology and the criminal law.

You can register for the full series or individual webinar(s) and catch up on demand. Webinars will be presented by experts from Sydney Law School.

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Program Schedule
Webinar Speaker Release date
A Reasonable Balance: The NSW and Queensland Law Reform Commissions’ Reports about Consent and Culpability in Sex Cases Involving Adults Dr Andrew Dyer Wed 28 April
Irreducible life sentences, the High Court of Australia and charters of rights Dr Andrew Dyer Wed 26 May
The Commonwealth Parliament and Preventive Detention: the High Court’s Decision in Benbrika v Minister for Home Affairs [2020] HCA 4 Dr Andrew Dyer Wed 30 June
Virtual Courts, Technology and Cross-Examination Dr Carolyn McKay Wed 28 July
Focusing on the AUDIO in Audio Visual Links Dr Carolyn McKay Wed 1 September
Criminal Behaviour in the Digital Age Dr Carolyn McKay Wed 29 September
Neurotechnology and the Criminal Law Dr Allan McCay Wed 27 October

Information for lawyers and barristers
Full attendance at this webinar series is equal to 10.5 MCLE/CPD units, based on 1.5 points per seminar attended.

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Jul 28 2021

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