1st Edition

Key Cases: Evidence

ISBN 9780340926789
Published August 25, 2006 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Key Cases has been specifically written for students studying law. It is an essential revision tool to be used alone or with the partner Key Facts book in order to ensure a thorough knowledge of core cases for any given law topic.

Understanding essential and leading cases fully is a vital part of the study of law - the format, style and explanations of Key Cases will ensure you have this understanding.

The series is written and edited by an expert team of authors whose experience means they know exactly what is required in a revision aid. They include lecturers and barristers, who have brought their expertise and knowledge to the series to make it user-friendly and accessible.

Key features include: essential and leading cases explained; user-friendly layout and style; cases broken down into key components by use of clear symbol system; pocket-sized and easily portable; highly-regarded authors and editors.

Table of Contents

Table of cases
Chapter 1 Introduction
      1.1 The function of judge and jury
      1.2 Classifications and definitions
Chapter 2 The burden and standard of proof
      2.1 The legal burden in criminal cases: general rule
      2.2 The legal burden in criminal cases: exceptions
      2.3 Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on reverse burdens
      2.4 Evidential burden in criminal cases
      2.5 The legal and evidential burdens in civil cases
      2.6 The standard of proof in criminal cases
      2.7 The standard of proof in civil cases
Chapter 3 Competence and compellability
      3.1 Competence in criminal cases
      3.2 Compellability in criminal cases
      3.3 Exceptions to the general rule
      3.4 Sworn and unsworn testimony
      3.5 Special measures
      3.6 Competence and compellability in civil cases
Chapter 4 The Process of Trial
      4.1 Examination-in-chief
      4.2 Previous consistent statements
      4.3 Exceptions to the general rule
      4.4 Evidence of distress
      4.5 Unfavourable and hostile witnesses
      4.6 Cross-examination: criminal cases
      4.7 Previous inconsistent statements
      4.8 Cross-examining police officers on other cases
      4.9 Collateral questions
      4.10 Exceptions to the final rule
      4.11 Evidence of complainants in sexual cases: s 41 YJCEA 1999
      4.12 Cross-examination: civil proceedings
      4.13 Re-examination
      4.14 Jury deliberations
Chapter 5 Suspect Evidence
      5.1 Corroboration
      5.2 Statutory corroboration required
      5.3 Suspect witnesses: discretionary warnings
      5.4 Identification evidence: pre-trial
      5.5 Identification evidence: safeguards at trial
Chapter 6 Drawing Adverse Inferences Against the Defendant
      6.1 Silence: Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
      6.2 Disclosure under Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
      6.3 Lies and false alibis
Chapter 7 Character and Convictions
      7.1 Good character of non-defendants
      7.2 Good character of defendants
      7.3 Bad character evidence: definitions
      7.4 Bad character of non-defendants
      7.5 Bad character of defendants under s101 CJA 2003
      7.6 Bad character evidence in civil proceedings
      7.7 Similar fact evidence in civil cases
Chapter 8 Hearsay: the rule, exceptions under the Civil Evidence Act 1995 and at common law
      8.1 Hearsay evidence: a rule of exclusion
      8.2 Scope of the hearsay rule
      8.3 Judicial avoidance of the hearsay rule
      8.4 Exceptions to the hearsay rule: the Civil Evidence Act 1995
      8.5 Eexceptions to the hearsay rule at common law
Chapter 9 Hearsay under Criminal Justice Act 2003
      9.1 The scope of the hearsay rule under CJA 2003
      9.2 Absent witnesses: s116 CJA 2003
      9.3 Business documents: s117 CJA 2003
      9.4 Discretion to exclude: s126 CJA 2003
Chapter 10 Confessions
      10.1 Defining a confession
      10.2 Admissibility
      10.3 Confession of a co-accused
      10.4 Discretion to exclude an otherwise admissible confession
      10.5 Confessions by the mentally handicapped
      10.6 Facts discovered as a result of an inadmissible confession
Chapter 11 Evidence obtained by illegal or unfair means
      11.1 The general rule
      11.2 Discretion to exclude at common law
      11.3 Discretion to exclude under s78(1) PACE 1984
      11.4 Entrapment
Chapter 12 Opinion evidence
      12.1 Admission of opinion evidence not calling for special expertise
      12.2 Expert evidence: criminal cases
      12.3 Expert evidence: civil cases
      12.4 The ultimate issue
Chapter 13 Privilege and public policy
      13.1 The privilege against self-incrimination
      13.2 Legal professional privilege
      13.3 Exceptions to the privilege
      13.4 'Without prejudice' negotiations
      13.5 Exclusion of evidence on the ground of public policy

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Beverley Hopkins is Senior Lecturer at University of Central England. She is the author of Key Facts: Evidence.

Series Editors:
Chris Turner LLM is a qualified barrister and a Senior Lecturer in Law at Wolverhampton University. He is an experienced author and is also series editor for Key Facts and Unlocking the Law.

Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years' experience as a practising barrister and is an experienced author. She is also series editor for Key Facts and Unlocking the Law.