Research a Forensic Case

Research the following questions.

  • What is the case about?
    • Provide a summary of the case.
    • Provide key dates.
    • Provide key provisions of the offence i.e. Crimes Act?
    • Provide key issues we need to be aware of (i.e. is it on appeal?).
    • It should contain enough information so that the audience understands what is going on.
    • Identify your relevant offence and talk to the elements of the offence in the case.
  • Who is the defendant?
    • Read your case and look at who is being charged.
    • What is their name? Be specific here.
    • Any key things we need to know? You might be able to talk about mitigating factors here as a dual slide—one slide featuring the defendant and the other discussing mitigating factors.
  • Who is the victim?
    • What do we need to know about the offence and the impact on the victim?
    • Are there any victim impact statements?
    • Is the victim in a special category i.e. vulnerable/youth?
  • What was the sentence?
    • What was the specific sentence, i.e. incarceration? Community Correction Order?
    • What does the judge say about the offending?
      • Is it serious? Are there concerns?
      • Mitigating and aggravating factors taken into account?
    • What is the focus of the sentence?
      • Does the judge(s) talk about rehabilitation or the need to punish?
      • Can you relate the judge’s comments to a sentencing principle?
      • Can you discuss the Sentencing Act?
    • Has the case had an impact?
      • Is it a famous/well-known case?
        • Explain if there have been movies/series, etc.
        • Has it been in the media a lot?
      • Has it caused changes in policy or legislation or the Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS)?
        • Identify changes and explain these.
      • In your research have you identified the case being considered as an important one?
        • Do other courts refer to some of the judgement in it?
        • Are there insights that have been spoken about in the criminal justice system?