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The Law of Evidence 7th ed isbn 9780414075597

The Law of Evidence 6th ed

ISBN13: 9780414056138
New Edition ISBN: 9780414075597
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780414025622
Published: May 2017
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

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The sixth edition of this successful textbook provides thorough analysis of the law of evidence, while placing the subject within its theoretical context.

The information is presented in a logical structure following on from the introduction of the basic concepts through to the exclusionary rules of the law of evidence. Written by one of the leading academics in the field, The Law of Evidence:-

  • Offers an integrated approach to evidence which includes essential doctrinal analysis
  • Goes beyond other textbooks to explain the intricacies of the law of evidence while still remaining easy to understand
  • Takes account of evidence theory, psychological research on information processing and retrieval, socio-legal work on police investigations, and jury research projects
  • Contains detailed footnotes, providing key references for further reading
  • Reviews in detail the impact of human rights jurisprudence on the law of evidence
The Law of Evidence is an ideal textbook for undergraduate students and those studying evidence at postgraduate level; and those on vocational courses such as the LPC and BPTC will find it an invaluable source of reference.

Part 1: Understanding Evidence: The Foundations of the Law
An Introduction to the Law of Evidence
The Aims of the Law of Evidence
Relevance and Admissibility
Facts and Factfinding

Part 2: Obtaining Evidence: Pre-Trial Procedures and the Regulation of Access
The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and the Right to Silence
Identification Evidence
Evidence Obtained by Illegal or Unfair Means
Disclosure and Immunity
Legal Professional Privilege

Part 3: Adducing Evidence: Trial Procedures and the Principles of Proof
Burden and Standard of Proof
Forms of Proof and Alternatives to Proof
Examination of Witnesses
Vulnerable and Suspect Witnesses

Part 4: Using Evidence: The Scope and Limits of Exclusionary Rules
The Scope and Rationale of the Hearsay Rule
The Hearsay Rule: Exceptions and Reforms
Evidence of Character and Other Misconduct
Cross-Examination of the Accused
Opinion and Expert Evidence