R v Milat: A Case Study in Cross-Examination

Rv 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.

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409336849
Release Date: July 01, 2014
AUD$ 172.00
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409336856
Release Date: July 01, 2014
AUD$ 172.00
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Product description

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.

Rv 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.


  • 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

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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 1Trial Exhibit Photographs

Appendix 2Trial Exhibit Diagrams