A call to action: Australian linguists call on the judiciary to reform practices for using covert recordings as evidence in court

Recent meetings of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) voted unanimously to send a Call to Action to the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA), asking them to facilitate review and reform of current practices for admission and use of covert recordings as evidence in criminal trials.

Find out why Australian linguists are so concerned about injustice arising from the handling of forensic audio here.

The Call to Action is auspiciously dated 8 December 2017, exactly 30 years since the landmark High Court ruling of Butera 1987, used to this day as a precedent in countless trials to enable highly problematic use of covert recordings.

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