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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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Criminal Evidence 2nd ed


ISBN13: 9780199231645
Previous Edition ISBN: 0198764979
Published: August 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £39.99



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Criminal Evidence presents a critical commentary on the rules and principles regulating the admissibility of evidence and the processes of fact-finding in English criminal trials.

The existing legal rules and their underlying values are fully contextualised and evaluated, and opportunities for reform are systematically examined.

Practical issues of inference and fact-finding are covered in detail, as are the moral and political foundations of evidentiary rules. Theoretical and doctrinal innovation in the presumption of innocence, privilege against self-incrimination, improperly obtained evidence, witness examination, hearsay, character, and the law of corroboration are considered, taking full account of the statutory reforms of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and subsequent case law.

As a contribution to procedural scholarship, Criminal Evidence presents a distinctive vision and stakes out new territory in the law of evidence and proof. Highly engaging, stimulating and provocative, Criminal Evidence provides the ideal text for any student who wishes to gain a detailed understanding of the principles that underlie the law of criminal procedure and evidence.

It also provides a valuable source of analysis and commentary for legal practitioners and scholars specializing in criminal litigation, and contributes towards a critical evaluation of recent statutory reforms and their judicial interpretation.

New to this edition:-

  • The second edition of this critically acclaimed work has been comprehensively revised, to keep each chapter to a manageable length and to enhance the book's thematic approach
  • Fully updated to account for all major doctrinal developments since the first edition, including new cases on torture evidence, reverse onus clauses, confrontation, hearsay, previous sexual history and bad character
  • Includes more detailed coverage of the important topic of confession evidence
  • Engages with recent theoretical scholarship on the law of evidence, including the work of Antony Duff, Hock Lai Ho, Larry Laudan and Alex Stein

Subjects:
Evidence
Contents:
1.: Understanding criminal evidence
2.: The procedural framework of adversarial jury trial
3.: Sources of information and proof requirements
4.: Relevance, admissibility and fact-finding
5.: Fair trial
6.: Burdens and presumptions
7.: The principle of orality
8.: Examination-in-chief and cross-examination
9.: Hearsay
10.: Vulnerable and intimidated witnesses
11.: Expert evidence
12.: Confessions
13.: The privilege against self-incrimination
14.: The accused's character and extraneous misconduct
15.: Corroboration and forensic reasoning rules
16.: Criminal evidence - retrospective and prospects