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The Reliability and Credibility of Eyewitnesses

2022-23 Criminal Law CPD Series:

The Reliability and Credibility of Eyewitnesses

Substantive Law 
CPD Points: 1.5


Eyewitness testimony can provide critical leads in investigations and can be extremely persuasive in court. However, inconsistencies or inaccuracies in eyewitness accounts can undermine the perceived credibility of the witness and the value of the evidence. This is particularly problematic when witnesses are required to recall details of events that happened months or years earlier and that occurred over a number of episodes (such as bullying or domestic violence).

This seminar will look at the different stages of memory and highlight various factors that can affect the accuracy of memory at each stage and will outline best-practice techniques for eliciting the most complete and accurate testimonies from eyewitnesses. This seminar will assist legal practitioners to understand the strengths and limitations of human memory.


Helen Paterson is an Associate Professor in Forensic Psychology at the University of Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. Her primary research interest focuses on the effects of traumatic events on memory and psychological well-being. She regularly works with industry partners to conduct high-quality applied research. She has also worked with NSW Fire and Rescue on ways to train firefighters to make effective decisions under stressful conditions and on post-traumatic stress disorder, resilience, and post-incident debriefing.


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

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This webinar will be released on 24 November 2022.

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

The 2022-23 Criminal Law CPD series, presented by the Sydney Institute of Criminology is an innovative educational program made up of 7 recorded webinars delivered by eminent speakers from the University of Sydney and the legal profession.

A new webinar will be released each month from September 2022 – March 2023. Quizzes will be included to test your comprehension of the material being discussed.

Register now for the full series or individual webinars and enjoy the flexibility of watching at your own pace from any location at any time.

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Program Schedule
Title Presenter CPD area Recording release date
1. Should Deceptive Sex Always Be Rape? Dr Andrew Dyer Substantive Law Thursday, 29 September 2022
2. The Role of the Crown Prosecutor in NSW Mr Brett Hatfield Practice Management and Business Skills, Ethics and professional responsibility Thursday, 20 October 2022
3. The Reliability and Credibility of Eyewitnesses Associate Professor Helen Paterson Substantive Law Thursday, 24 November 2022
4. Ethical Practice for Junior Criminal Law Barristers Ms Talitha Hennessy Ethics and professional responsibility Thursday, 15 December 2022
5. Myths, Misconceptions and Mixed Messages: An Early Look at the New Tendency and Coincidence Evidence Provisions Professor David Hamer Substantive Law Thursday, 19 January 2023
6. Advocacy in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal John Stratton SC Professional Skills Thursday, 9 February 2023
7. The Work of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Judge Paul Lakatos SC Professional Skills Thursday, 9 March 2023

Information for lawyers and barristers
If this educational activity is relevant to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim 1.5 MCLE/CPD points per seminar attended or 10.5 units for the full series. Practitioners are advised to check with the CPD governing body in their jurisdiction for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Find out about interstate accreditation.

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Nov 24 2022

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