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Forensic Medicine and Legal Process

Continuing Professional Development at Queen's University Belfast

Forensic Medicine is a branch of medicine dealing with the application of medical knowledge to establish facts in civil or criminal cases.

Queen’s University Belfast has developed a new module designed to introduce qualified doctors, dentists, nurses and lawyers to forensic medicine and the legal aspects of medical practice, including the role of the General Medical Council in the regulation of doctors as well as explain the role of the Forensic Pathologist in the investigation of sudden, unexpected and suspicious deaths and how forensic science can assist in the investigation of crime.

The course is wide ranging, providing participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding as to how injuries are interpreted, cases are prepared for court and the court process as well as a special focus on the role of the coroner.


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About the course

The Forensic Medicine and Legal Process course will provide an inter-disciplinary context to help professional practitioners develop their generic knowledge, skills and understanding of the interaction between the medical, dental and legal professions in relation to forensic medicine.

The course will include a number of formal lectures and group discussion sessions. In addition, candidates will be expected to take part in case presentations and comment on forensic case scenarios.

There will also be an opportunity for participants to practice their courtroom skills by participating in a mock courtroom presentation and be subject to cross-examination.

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Module Coordinators

Professor Jack Crane

Honorary Professor of Forensic Medicine and retired State Pathologist in Northern Ireland with international reputation, Professor Jack Crane joined the Northern Ireland State Pathologists department in 1980 as a registrar, later becoming a consultant and then appointed the department head in January 1990. Professor Crane is highly regarded for his valuable contribution during his time as State Pathologist, having developed a forensic pathology service in Northern Ireland regarded with ‘International Renown’. Professor Crane retired after 24 years having held the position during some of the worst violence of the troubles and will be sharing his knowledge and expertise on Forensic Medicine with participants of the course.

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Ms Barbara Jemphrey

Forensic Medicine and Legal Process

Barbara Jemphrey is Director, LLB, CPLS, PGCHET, and Fellow of Higher Teaching Academy who qualified as a solicitor in 1989.  She worked in a private practice and in-house until being appointmented to the Institute in 2001. She holds a judicial appointment, having been appointed Chairman of Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunals in 2007. Barbara was appointed External Expert of the Review Panel appointed by the Law Society of Ireland to review the provision of vocational legal education within that jurisdiction. She was also appointed as a contributor to the Politics Plus Programe at Stormont Assembly and is the National Representative for the International Negotiation Competition as well as a Member of UK Universities Committee. Ms Jemphrey will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on the legal process with participants on the course.

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