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Practical Guide to Evidence

5th Edition

By Christopher Allen, Chris Taylor, Janice Nairns


456 pages

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Practical Guide to Evidence provides a clear and readable account of the law of evidence, acknowledging the importance of arguments about facts and principles as well as rules.

This fifth edition has been revised and updated to address recent changes in the law and debates on controversial topics such as surveillance and human rights. Coverage of expert evidence has also been expanded to include forensic evidence, bringing the text right up-to-date.

Including enhanced pedagogical support such as chapter summaries, further reading advice and self-test exercises, this leading textbook can be used on both undergraduate and professional courses.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Development and Current Objectives 3. Documentary and Real Evidence 4. Facts not Requiring Proof 5. Competence and Compellability 6. The Course of Testimony 7. Burden and Standard of Proof and Presumptions 8. The Rule against Hearsay 9. Hearsay Expectations 10. Hazardous Evidence 11. Confessions and Improperly Gained Evidence 12. Character Evidence 13. Opinion Evidence 14. Judicial Findings as Evidence 15. Privilege and Public Interest Immunity

About the Authors

Chris Taylor LL.B, LL.M, Ph.D, is Senior Lecturer in Law at Bradford University Law School.

Janice Nairns LLB, LLM, Barrister.

Christopher Allen LLM, MA, PhD, Barrister, was formerly Senior Lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law, City University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Evidence
LAW / Practical Guides