Recorded Webinar: Caught on Camera: The Admissibility of Audio and Video Recordings in Family Law Matters


18th February 2019

Duration:  approx. 1.5 hours

With the ubiquitous use of smartphones and other technology, it seems everything can be captured on camera these days. Clients will often present you with recordings of their former spouse or children which they claim will help their case. But, what are the limits with using this type of evidence in family law proceedings? This session provides the answers, including:

  • When is a recording lawful or unlawful? A look at Commonwealth and State-based surveillance laws
  • Possible criminal sanctions that may apply
  • The Court’s discretion under s.138 of the Evidence Act to include improperly or illegally obtained evidence
  • What factors does the Court look at when deciding whether or not secret recordings will form part of the evidence?
  • Scrutiny and weight of evidence once admitted
  • How can the recordings potentially backfire on the person making them – understanding the risks
  • Matters involving family violence – a look at Janssen & Janssen [2016] FamCA 345
  • Case update
Our presenter

Justine Woods, Partner, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Brisbane

Having practised exclusively in family law for 19 years, Justine has extensive experience in all aspects of family law – children’s arrangements and parenting matters (including surrogacy), property settlement and spousal maintenance issues for both married and de facto couples, binding financial agreements and their international counterparts, together with child support and child maintenance trusts.

An accredited specialist for more than a decade, Justine regularly presents at industry and professional education seminars for a range of bodies, including the Queensland Law Society, the Taxation Institute of Australia and Surrogacy Australia.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in family law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

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Product Code: WBOFEB19
 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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