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The criminal court system resolves disputes, imposes and maintains order and upholds human rights. The ability to give evidence in court in a competent and professional manner is a core skill for an investigator.
The Criminal Trialdescribes and analyses the main rules of the law of evidence within a framework relevant to the policing profession. It is the emphasis placed on the policing profession and the professions role in the pre-trial and trial process as well as the discussion of issues pertaining to the "professional witness" which sets this text apart from others.
'For those who are new to this arena, Brian provides a much needed road map that will assist them to prepare for the courtroom. The book is written in a clear, straight-forward language which makes it accessible for all students ranging from students of law and individuals working within academia, to the policing profession and other state officials, as well as professional experts witnesses. In my early career I had the distinct pleasure of hearing and learning directly from Brian. For those who do not have that benefit, this book will provide the next best thing.' – Andrew P. Scipione, Commissioner, New South Wales Police Force
1. Introduction 2. The Court System 3. The Adversary System 4. The Legal Profession in Court: Solicitors; Barristers; Judges and Magistrates; Director of Public Prosecutions; Crown Prosecutors; Public Defenders; Legal Aid Lawyers; Police Prosecutors 5. Court Officers and other Participants: The Office of the Sheriff ;Judges' Associates; The Jury 6. Courtroom Environment 7. Courtroom Protocol and Procedure 8. Stages of Evidence: (a)The Prosecution Case: Evidence-in-Chief; Cross-Examination; Re-Examination; Sequence of Witnesses; Expert Opinions; Lay Opinions and Police Officers (b)The Defence Case 9. Sentencing 10. Appeals 11. Conduct Before and After a Court Case 12. Awarding Costs against Police 13. Coronial Inquests and Inquiries 14. Conclusion