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Beginning Evidence provides an engaging introduction to the contemporary English law of evidence that will help students new to the subject speedily but independently learn the basic structures, themes and issues. It is also a useful aid for revision to students that have already achieved a good working knowledge of this subject.
The book covers those areas in the law of evidence that are commonly taught across courses on this subject and includes the increasing level of case law that has arisen since the Criminal Justice Act 2003 came into force. In particular, this book covers the contentious areas of bad character evidence and hearsay - both of which are thoroughly explored in a logical and progressive manner. It provides students with an understanding of how and why the law of evidence has developed in the way that it has.
This textbook is an ideal introduction to the law of evidence for both undergraduate students and students studying the BPTC or LPC that require a concise but quick overview of the law because it is designed to help the reader easily understand the contemporary state of the law and its application. In this edition each chapter includes summaries, flow diagrams, a glossary of terms, self-test questions and examination tips. The aim of this textbook is to show that understanding the Law of Evidence can be both achievable and enjoyable.