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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Sopinka, Lederman & Bryant: The Law of Evidence in Canada 5th ed isbn 9780433493624

Sopinka, Lederman & Bryant: The Law of Evidence in Canada 4th ed

ISBN13: 9780433474609
New Edition ISBN: 9780433493624
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780433456780
Published: July 2014
Publisher: LexisNexis Canada
Country of Publication: Canada
Format: Hardback
Price: Price on Application

If your practice involves representing clients in civil or criminal litigation proceedings, Sopinka, Lederman & Bryant – The Law of Evidence, 4th Edition must figure prominently on your bookshelf. This new edition of the seminal work offers current and in-depth coverage of the Canadian law of evidence, and has been updated to include significant recent developments.

This go-to resource is written by three Superior Court Justices with decades of experience and the necessary expertise to guide practitioners, scholars and students through this complex and ever-changing area of the law.

  • Understand and deal with issues such as illegally obtained evidence, confessions and corroboration
  • Identify when witnesses will be competent and compellable to testify
  • Conduct examinations and cross-examinations within the appropriate scope
  • Gauge whether the burden and standard of proof have been met
  • Recognize the existence and extent of privilege
  • Understand the Supreme Court of Canada's continuing development and extension of the "Principled Approach" into virtually every facet of the law of evidence
  • Gain insight into the admissibility of evidence in many different areas, including character evidence, hearsay evidence, similar fact evidence, opinion evidence and documentary evidence
In addition to substantive guidance, Sopinka, Lederman & Bryant – The Law of Evidence, 4th Edition is organized to maximize ease-of-use, with a detailed table of contents and numbered paragraphs for quick access and precise cross-referencing.

Highlights of This Edition

A book about the Canadian law of evidence is only valuable if it provides the most up-to-date information about this evolving and critical topic. This edition of Sopinka, Lederman & Bryant – The Law of Evidence offers exactly that, offering revised content that reflects the current state of the law, including:
  • Discussions of important new evidence cases from all levels of court
  • Chapter 18 rewritten by Lee Seshagiri and featuring an examination of social media evidence
  • Review of developments in specific areas such as hearsay, prior consistent statements and demeanor
  • Examination of the application of the "air of reality" test
  • Changes to the determination of the admissibility of evidence after R. v. Grant

Evidence, Other Jurisdictions , Canada
Chapter 1: Foundational Principles of Evidence and the Importance of Evidentiary Rulings in Context
Chapter 2: Types of Evidence and Conditions for the Receipt of Evidence
Chapter 3: Evidential Burden and Burden of Proof
Chapter 4: Presumptions
Chapter 5: Standards of Proof
Chapter 6: Hearsay
Chapter 7: Self-Serving Evidence
Chapter 8: Confessions
Chapter 9: Illegally Obtained Evidence
Chapter 10: Character Evidence
Chapter 11: Similar Fact Evidence
Chapter 12: Opinion Evidence
Chapter 13: Competence and Compellability of Witnesses
Chapter 14: Privilege
Chapter 15: Public Interest Immunity
Chapter 16: The Examination of Witnesses
Chapter 17: Corroboration
Chapter 18: Documentary Evidence
Chapter 19: Rules Dispensing with or Facilitating Proof