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Natalie Wortley

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Natalie teaches and researches criminal law, evidence and procedure and mental health law. Formerly a criminal barrister, she now holds judicial appointments as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts), a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels (LQC) and a Mental Health Tribunal Judge.

Natalie’s research focuses on the practical implications of developments in legislation and case law. She regularly writes for both peer-reviewed and practitioner journals, edited collections and textbooks and is a contributing editor of Archbold Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice.  She is a member of the Criminal Law Review and Criminal Law Week commentary teams, frequently commenting and providing guidance on developments in the interpretation and application of substantive criminal law, the law of evidence and procedural rules.

Natalie has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally, including to practitioners and expert witnesses. She is regularly invited to lecture at the Judicial College and co-authors the monthly crime e-letter, which is distributed to all criminal judges in England and Wales.

At Northumbria University, Natalie has taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and professional programmes. She is also a Grade 1 Advocacy Trainer for the North Eastern Circuit and Gray's Inn.

Natalie is experienced in managerial and programme leadership roles, validation procedures, external examining and the organisation of symposia and conferences. She is an Executive Officer of the Society of Legal Scholars and a former member of the Scientific Committee of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health.

Natalie Wortley

Campus Address

Room 317B, City Campus East
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Natalie's current research focuses on: forensic expert evidence; the admissibility of evidence in cases of domestic abuse; and mental capacity in the criminal courts.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Case comment: R v Byrne [2022] EWCA Crim 1630, Wortley, N. 9 Jan 2023
  • Case comment: R v Ulas [2023] EWCA Crim 82, Wortley, N., Edmond, G. 29 Mar 2023, In: Criminal Law Week
  • England, Wortley, N., Kotecha, B. 15 Jun 2023, Public health crisis management and criminal liability of governments, London, Hart Publishing
  • Forensic Science Regulator: Code of Practice, Wortley, N. 5 Apr 2023
  • Images, Investigators, Identification, Code D and the Court of Appeal, Edmond, G., Wortley, N. 27 Dec 2023, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Comment:: R v Cousins (Junior) [2021] EWCA Crim 1664, [2022] 4 WLR 18, Wortley, N., Lower, A. 21 Feb 2022
  • Comment: Police driving standards, Wortley, N. 16 May 2022
  • Comment: R v Belhaj-Farhat [2022] EWCA Crim 115, [2022] 3 Archbold Review 3, Wortley, N. 3 May 2022
  • Comment: R v Nolan [2022] EWCA Crim 726, [2022] 2 Cr App R (S), Wortley, N. 21 Nov 2022
  • Comment: R v Olive and others [2022] EWCA Crim 1141, Wortley, N. 22 Sep 2022

  • Law MA September 01 2005
  • Law BPTC September 01 1998
  • Law PGDip September 01 1997
  • Ordinary Member Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) 2008


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