Dr Rhonda Wheate

Senior Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

Dr Rhonda Wheate has dual qualifications in Science (University Medal for chemistry, Hons Class I) and Law (Hons Class I). Building upon this, Rhonda's PhD research examined how well real juries in criminal trials comprehend scientific evidence. Her later research has focused on expert evidence; forensic science; judicial, legal & juror comprehension; and more recently, on Clinical Legal Education. Rhonda is the Director of the Clinical LLB at the Law School, as well as supervising Hons, Masters and PhD students in areas related to the above research.


The importance of DNA evidence to juries in criminal trials
Wheate Rhonda
International Journal of Evidence and Proof Vol 14, pp. 129–145 (2010)
A tale of two approaches - the NAS report and the Law Commission consultation paper on forensic science
Wheate Rhonda M, Jamieson Allan
International Commentary on Evidence Vol 7 (2009)
Australian forensic scientists : a view from the witness box
Wheate Rhonda
Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences Vol 40, pp. 123-146 (2008)
Australian juries and scientific evidence
Wheate Rhonda
Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences Vol 38, pp. 75-84 (2006)

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