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May on Criminal Evidence 6th ed (Revised)

ISBN13: 9780414056572
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780414046146
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £135.00

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May on Criminal Evidence is renowned as a concise and readable guide for the practitioner, explaining the law and practice of criminal evidence in a clear and highly practical manner. Its focus is the issues that actually arise in trials, whether summary or indictment.

This new edition reflects the plethora of recent legislation, wide-ranging case law, the impact of human rights principles in the criminal courts, and brings a popular text completely up to date.

  • Shows how the law of evidence operates in practice, providing a one-stop, comprehensive reference point
  • Deals with all forms of criminal evidence, covering important subjects such as character, hearsay, identification and disclosure
  • Discusses the burden and standard of proof
  • Sets out what happens at trial, the rules connected with it and how to deal with the problems that often arise
  • Explains what is and is not admissible in different situations
  • Covers exclusionary rules and exceptions, and exclusion through discretion, privilege or Convention rights
  • Reproduces relevant legislation, with annotations, so it can be consulted easily
  • Considers the impact of all important recent legislation and case law
Sir Richard May died in 2004 just as the previous edition of this book was being published. His co-author was Stephen Powles who, for this new edition, has been joined by Lydia Waine and Lady Radmilla May.

Part 1: Introductory.
1. Introduction
2. Real Evidence
3. Documents

Part 2: Burden and standard of proof.
4. Burden and standard of proof.
5. Proff where Evidence is not Necessary

Part 3: Exclusionary rules and exceptions.
6. Evidence of Opinion
7. Character
8. Hearsay
9. Confessions

Part 4 Exclusion through discretion, privilege or convention rights.
10. The Discretion to Exclude Evidence
11. Privilege
12. Public Interest
13. Convention Rights

Part 5 Indentification and corroboration.
14. Identification
15. Corroboration and Suspect Evidence

Part 6 Rules connected with the trial.
16. Function of Judge, jury and Justices
17. Competence and Compellability of Witnesses
18. Disclosure
19. Course of Evidence
20. Previous Consistent Statements
21. Examination of Witnesses