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Mary Prior QC speaks at ALC Rape Conference 2017

18th July 2017

This conference was to launch the white paper which Mary Prior QC has co-written with Dr Heather Flowe, a psychologist based at the University of Birmingham and Dr Anna Carline, a legal academic at the University of Leicester together with other experts in the field. The paper is guidance for the police questioning of intoxicated complainants in rape and sexual offences cases. It follows significant physiological and legal research over the course of the last three years. The purpose of that research was to measure the impact of intoxication on the reliability of memory of the complainant. In other words, are these memories reliable. The research has shown that although complainants who are intoxicated at the time of the offending are able to remember less, what they for call is reliable and consistent. This is new and ground breaking research. It challenges our perceptions.


The conference had a number of speakers and the legal panel was made up of Lawrence English, HHJ Dean QC and Mary Prior QC. William Harbage QC also attended.

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