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It's your rights ok? Explaining the 'right to silence' to Aboriginal suspects in the Northern Territory

Bowen, Alex


The requirement to tell suspects about their right to avoid self-incrimination ideally puts suspects in an equal position at the start of a police interview. However explaining the right to silence to some Aboriginal suspects is notoriously difficult, and lack of understanding may aggravate Aboriginal disadvantage in the criminal justice process. NT police are required to explain the right to silence 'in simple terms' and obtain evidence of 'apparent understanding', which leads to conversations...[Show more]

CollectionsANU North Australia Research Unit (NARU)
Type: Public Lecture


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