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An authoritative source for those undertaking study or work in Australian evidence law This book presents an organised approach to the Australian law of evidence by explaining the operative rules from the perspective of the various underlying and unifying principles.
The two most significant developments since the previous edition are the first major review and revision of the uniform evidence legislation, and the extension of the uniform legislation to Victoria. Australian evidence legislation is best understood as part of an important and continuing evolution of the common law adversarial system of justice. The premise of this book is that the rules of evidence can only be understood as part of the procedural system within which they apply.
This new edition provides new insights into many areas of evidence where non-legal knowledge is advancing. These areas of research are important in understanding not simply the probative value of particular items of evidence but also in comprehending the very effectiveness of the adversarial testimonial process as a medium for achieving rectitude.