Evidence: Law and Context explains the key concepts of evidence law in England and Wales clearly and concisely, set against the backdrop of the broader political and theoretical contexts. The book focuses on the essential topics commonly found on Evidence courses, covering both criminal evidence and civil evidence. Taking a contextual approach, the authors show how wider policy debates and societal trends have impacted upon the recent evolution of the law, helping to explain how and why the law has developed.
The sixth edition has been revised to include: the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), and updates on previous statistics on the increase in the use of ‘show pleas’, false confessions, and miscarriages of justice, alongside a comparative perspective on how the American criminal practice has evolved along a parallel line. Learning points summarise the major principles and rules covered and practical examples are used throughout the text to give better understanding as to how the technical rules are applied in practice. Self-test questions are included in the book, helping students to test their understanding and prepare for assessment.
Well written, clear and with a logical structure throughout, it contains all the information necessary for any undergraduate evidence law module.
1. Introduction: Basic Concepts 2. The Adversarial Trial 3. The Burden and Standard of Proof 4. Witnesses I: Competency, Compellability and Oath Taking 5. Witnesses II: Vulnerable Witnesses 6. Witnesses III: Examination and Cross-examination 7. The Privilege against Self-incrimination and the Right to Silence 8. Confession Evidence 9. Improperly Obtained Evidence 10. Suspect Evidence: Corroboration and Identification 11. Character Evidence 12. Hearsay Evidence 13. Opinion Evidence 14. Public Interest Immunity
“This textbook effectively explains complex evidential concepts and rules in a way that can be easily understood and places the law in context with practical examples. It is also a useful revision tool as it provides students with a range of practice questions.”
Holly Greenwood, Lecturer, Cardiff University
“This book is excellent. It is a clear, comprehensive and well-researched introduction to the principles, practice and procedures of the law of evidence, highlighting with concision the historical context and academic debates arising in this interesting area. Certainly of considerable benefit to students, academics and practitioners alike.”
Alexander McColl, Barrister
“Comprehensive yet accessible, this text expertly and critically discusses all key topics of evidence law and more. It is a superb example of co-collaboration. Student needs are fully accounted for through key learning points, examples, and practice questions alongside excellent analysis.”
Lucy Welsh, Reader in Criminal Justice, University of Sussex