Research Hub for Language in Forensic Evidence established at University of Melbourne

The School of Languages and Linguistics, and the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, have established a new Research Hub for Language in Forensic Evidence.

The Hub aims to coordinate collaborative research involving linguistics, law and law enforcement, along with other disciplines, with the intention of assisting Australian courts to ensure that forensic evidence involving language and speech is used fairly and in the best interests of justice.

Readers of this website might recognise that this follows recent good news regarding the Australian Linguistics Call to Action, seeking review and reform of the handling of indistinct covert recordings used as evidence in criminal trials.

Currently, Hub personnel includes Helen Fraser (creator of this website), as Director, and Dr Debbie Loakes, as Research Fellow.

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