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R v Milat: A Case Study in Cross-Examination

R v Milat: A Case Study in Cross-Examination

Howard, D, 2014

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Book 9780409336849 $146.00
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R v Milat: A Case Study in Cross-Examination presents the actual transcript of Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC’s cross-examination of Ivan Milat at his trial in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1996, for the notorious series of murders in the Belanglo State Forest that became known as the Backpackers Murders.


Format: Paperback


The author, Dan Howard SC, who was Tedeschi’s junior counsel at the trial, has extensively annotated the transcript with comments that provide insights into the techniques of advocacy used by the cross-examiner in this singular case study of the art of cross-examination.


This book also provides the background to the case, and reproduces numerous plans and photographs that were exhibited in the trial, to enable the reader to closely follow the unfolding of this dramatic courtroom encounter.


R v Milat: A Case Study in Cross Examination provides a master class on cross-examination that will be invaluable to experienced advocates and to students of advocacy, and offers a ‘front row seat’ at a historic trial to anyone interested in the workings of our criminal justice system.


This review was first published in The Queensland Lawyer, Volume 34, Part 4. Reproduced with the kind permission of Thomson Reuters.


     •     the book presents an entire cross-examination of an accused in a major modern Australian criminal trial
     •     annotations provide expert insights into the techniques of cross-examination
     •     reproductions of photographs and charts that were exhibits in the trial are included


Dan Howard is a Senior Counsel at the NSW Bar, and is the President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal. He was for many years a Crown Prosecutor and appeared in many criminal trials and appeals, including in 1996 as junior counsel to Mark Tedeschi QC in the trial of Ivan Milat. He has extensive experience in teaching criminal trial advocacy. He is currently a Visiting Professorial Fellow with the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong, and a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    The Background to the Backpacker Murder Trial
Chapter 2    Day One of Cross-examination: 18 June 1996
Chapter 3    Day Two of Cross-examination: 19 June 1996
Chapter 4    Day Three of Cross-examination: 20 June 1996

Concluding Remarks

Appendix 1    Trial Exhibit Photographs
Appendix 2    Trial Exhibit Diagrams

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