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Expert Evidence and Criminal Justice

ISBN13: 9780198267805
ISBN: 0198267800
Published: August 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £73.00

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As an increasing range of expert evidence becomes available to it, the criminal justice system must answer a series of challenging questions: should experts be permitted to give evidence on the credibility of witnesses? How should statistical evidence be presented to juries? What relevance does syndrome evidence have to questions of criminal responsibility? This work explores these issues.

It utilizes work in a number of disciplines, and draws comparisons with the law and procedure in several different jurisdictions. While developing a general overview of the use of scientific evidence in the criminal process, the author makes use of detailed examinations of particular issues, such as battered women syndrome, fingerprinting, and eyewitness expertise. Through an analysis of expert evidence, he also invites reflection on a series of wider issues, among them the function of exclusionary rules and the nature of case construction.

Criminal Law
1. Introduction
2. Constructing Cases with Science
3. Probability Models in Forensic Science
4. Presenting Probabilities in Court
5. The Admissibility of Expert Evidence: (1) Evidentiary Reliability
6. The Admissibility of Expert Evidence: (2) The Rule in R. v. Turner
7. Adversarial Experts