Showing posts with label evidence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label evidence. Show all posts

Monday, 8 November 2010

The Dangers of Technology

I have just done a blog post elsewhere which amongst other things highlights the perils of modern technology and the unfortunate ways the technology is impacting on family law cases.

Readers of this site might be interested in the story hear about avoiding the bitter twitter - the same applies to facebook - either make sure your ex or his friends are not able to see your posts or don't post it - the number of times the indiscreet status updates about the new boyfriend or the heavy night partying come up in cases is becoming boring.

It's the modern equivalent of advising you not to drink and dial.

Naturally some clever cove has come up with a technological solution:  a new Firefox plug in called the Social Media Sobriety Test which you can set up to stop you from using certain sites at particular times which you set unless you can pass a sobriety test (typing the alphabet backwards).

If you want to see some good examples of why this might be very necessary take a look at Texts From Last Night!

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

DNA testing

If you have been involved in any cases involving DNA testing you might be interested to see this post following a recent case on the Family Law Week blog .

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Law In Action on the BBC

As from Tuesday 25th September the popular Radio 4 series “Law in Action” will be available as a podcast or via iTunes

The series returns with features on compulsion of witnesses, the use of DNA evidence and a powerful interview with the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Anne Owers.

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Tape recordings

Social workers keep detailed records by writing notes whenever they speak to or meet with family members and they are often making those notes during the conversations. Family members can also do the same thing. Social workers rarely tape record or make videos and they should not do so without permission. It is now very easy to tape people and take photos using mobile phones. But you are warned - most professionals hate it being done unless you ask permission and although the court might allow you to put a tape recording into evidence a dim view is taken - it is seen as a very hostile act. You may not mean it that way but that is how it will be seen. So, first think about whether you really need to do this - written notes may be good enough. Then think about whether it is worth the aggro - and if in doubt, talk it through with your own lawyer. Always ask permission - imagine how angry you would be if someone did it to you without you knowing. Then think about your own behaviour - if you are getting angry and bad-tempered this will be obvious too. Don't do it unless you really have to!!