Branch Presentations


Wednesday 12 June 2019

Networking from 5:30 pm. 

Not guilty? The psychology behind wrongful convictions


The WA Branch of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society invites you to join us for our next meeting, to be held on Wednesday 12 June 2019, commencing at 5:30pm.  The meeting will feature a presentation from Dr Celine van Golde from Sydney University. Information regarding the presentation is as follows:



Not guilty? The psychology behind wrongful convictions



Wrongful convictions can and do happen –it’s the unfortunate truth of the legal system. Surprising to some, this problem is not purely a legal matter. Building on this, Not Guilty: the Sydney Exoneration Project, seeks social justice for those unjustly convicted using both psychological and legal research. In this presentation I will explain the work we do within Not Guilty; followed by an overview of how wrongful convictions occur within Australia, and the role of research focusing on the reliability of witness and victim memory.



Dr Celine van Golde is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the reliability of eyewitness memory in children and adults, both for one-off and repeated events. Specifically, how interviewing techniques in forensic settings, such as those used by police, lawyers and judges can affect memory accuracy. She gives annual guest lectures within the NSW Police Force Detective Training Program, as well as advising judges and lawyers on issues related to eyewitness memory.



Date: Wednesday 12/06/2019
Time: Networking from 5:30pm
Room: Exhibition Space, Building 500, Curtin University, Bentley.
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Please click here to register through the ANZFSS Event Page.