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Ms Natalie Wortley

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Natalie was called to the Bar in 1999 and practised as a barrister for over 10 years, specialising in criminal cases. She was awarded the Bar Council Certificate of Merit and is a former Inns of Court Pegasus Scholar. She was appointed as a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels in 2016 and became a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) in 2017.

Natalie is also Associate Professor of Law, teaching Criminal Law, Evidence and Advocacy. In addition to being qualified to teach Advocacy to students, Natalie is a Grade 1 Trainer (a ‘trainer of trainers’) for the North Eastern Circuit, where she regularly trains pupil barristers and new practitioners.

Natalie’s research focusses on vulnerable suspects and defendants, and criminal evidence, and she has published over 30 peer reviewed articles, case notes and book chapters in these areas. She is convenor of the Criminal Justice Section of the Society of Legal Scholars, a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health and was Case Note Editor for the Journal of Criminal Law (2014-2017).

Campus Address

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

0191 243 7542

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Vulnerable suspects and defendants, particularly unfitness to plead and mental condition defences.

Criminal evidence, focussing on expert evidence, hearsay evidence and identification evidence. 

Professional Activity

Grade 1 Advocacy Trainer for the North Eastern Circuit (since 2006)

Legally Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels (appointed 2016)

Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) (appointed 2017)

Key Publications

Recent peer reviewed publications:

Carole McCartney and Natalie Wortley ‘Under the Covers: Covert Policing and Intimate Relationships’ [2018] 2 Crim LR 137

Tony Ward, Gary Edmond, Kristy Martire and Natalie Wortley, ‘Forensic Science, Reliability and Scientific Validity: Advice from America’ [2017] 5 Crim LR 357

Gary Edmond and Natalie Wortley ‘Interpreting Image Evidence: Facial Mapping, Police Familiars and Super-recognisers in England and Australia’ (2016) 3(2) JICL 473

Adam Jackson, Gethin Rees and Natalie Wortley, ‘Sleep Disorders/Sexsomnia: The Role of the Expert and the External/Internal Factor Dichotomy’ in Ben Livings, Alan Reed and Nicola Wake (eds), Mental Condition Defences and the Criminal Justice System: Perspectives from Law and Medicine, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2015)

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2005: LLM Advanced Legal Practice

1999 Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)

1998 Pg Dip Law (CPE ) (Distinction)

1995 BA (Hons) Economics and Politics: 2.1

Current/Recent Projects

Mutual Understanding of Criminal Records Information, Association of Chief Police Officers, 2011, Principal Investigator


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