A no-nonsense, direct approach, focusing on the rules that underpin the law of evidence, guides students through this complex subject and has proved very popular over successive editions Provides an examination of the theory behind the law as well as its practical application, helping to engage the reader with the key debates and encouraging analytical thought In-depth coverage of all key topics found on law of evidence modules ensures that this is the ideal core text for any student studying for academic or professional qualifications
New to this edition
New materials, relating to the practical application of the law and including problem questions and answers have been added to the Online Resource Centre Coverage has been thoroughly updated to cover all the latest developments, including: The decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Al-Khawaja and Tahery V UK and the Court of Appeal decision in R v Riat on hearsay The Judicial College Bench Checklist: Young Witness Cases and the Advocacy Training Council's Report, Raising the Bar: The handling of vulnerable witnesses, victims and defendants in court, both designed to enable vulnerable witnesses to give their 'best evidence' The Court of Appeal decision in R v Philips, on bad character evidence where co-accused run 'cut-throat' defences The Justice and Security Act 2013, Parliament's controversial response to the Supreme Court decision in Al Rawi v Security Service, enabling civil courts to order a closed material procedure in the case of material the disclosure of which would damage the interests of national security The Court of Appeal decisions in R v E, on the cross-examination of children and R v Chinn, on memory refreshing The Privy Council decision Tido v R, on dock identifications
The Modern Law of Evidence is well established and relied upon as a lucid, engaging and authoritative guide to the contemporary law of evidence. Straightforward and practical in approach, this textbook also provides concise analysis of the theory behind the law, with an emphasis on recent discussion and current topics.
The tenth edition has been carefully developed and updated to ensure that it continues to provide a thorough and utterly reliable guide for students.
This book is an ideal text for undergraduates and students studying the BPTC or LPC. It has been cited with approval by the highest appellate courts, thereby also cementing its reputation as an excellent resource for practitioners and judges.
Online Resource Centre
This book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, which contains regular updates to the text and a helpful list of web links.
Readership: Suitable for undergraduates studying evidence as part of the LLB. also an appropriate text for BPTC students studying evidence.
1.: Introduction 2.: Preliminaries 3.: Evidence obtained by illegal or unfair means 4.: The burden and standard of proof 5.: Witnesses 6.: Examination-in-Chief 7.: Cross-examination and re-examination 8.: Corroboration and care warnings 9.: Documentary and real evidence 10.: Hearsay in criminal cases 11.: Hearsay admissible by statute in civil proceedings 12.: Hearsay admissible at common law 13.: Confessions 14.: Statutory inferences from an accused's silence or conduct 15.: Evidence of character: evidence of character in civil cases 16.: Evidence of character: evidence of the good character of the accused 17.: Evidence of character: evidence of bad character in criminal cases 18.: Opinion evidence 19.: Public policy 20.: Privilege 21.: Judgments as evidence of the facts upon which they were based 22.: Proof of facts without evidence