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4th Edition

Unlocking the Law of Evidence

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ISBN 9781032252735
November 8, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
524 Pages 51 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Unlocking the Law of Evidence will help you grasp the main concepts of the subject with ease. Containing accessible explanations in clear and precise terms that are easy to understand, it provides an excellent foundation for learning and revising Evidence.

The information is clearly presented in a logical structure and the following features support learning, helping you to advance with confidence:

  • Clear learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter set out the skills and knowledge you will need to get to grips with the subject
  • Key Facts summaries throughout each chapter allow you to progressively build and consolidate your understanding
  • End-of-chapter summaries provide a useful check-list for each topic
  • Cases and judgments are highlighted to help you find them and add them to your notes quickly
  • Frequent activities and self-test questions are included so you can put your knowledge into practice
  • Sample essay questions with annotated answers prepare you for assessment
  • Glossary of legal terms clarifies important definitions.

This edition has been updated to include the most recent updates in case law and criminal and civil procedure as well as more practical pointers and practice tips to further aid putting knowledge into practice.


The books in the UNLOCKING THE LAW Series get straight to the point and offer clear and concise coverage of the law, broken down into bite-size sections with regular recaps to boost your confidence. They provide complete coverage of both core and popular optional law modules, presented in an innovative, visual format.

Table of Contents

1. An introduction to the substantive law of evidence 2. The law of evidence: the burdens and standards of proof 3. Testimony of witnesses 4. The disclosure of evidence and protection from disclosure: privilege and public interest immunity 5. Silence: the effect on an accusation 6. Course of trial 7. Hearsay: the exclusionary rule 8. Hearsay: admissibility in criminal cases 9. Hearsay: civil cases 10. Confessions and evidence obtained unlawfully 11. Bad Character Evidence in criminal proceedings 12. Admissibility of bad character evidence of witnesses and defendants 13. Corroboration, lies, care warnings and identification evidence 14. Opinion, documentary and real evidence

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Dr.Charanjit Singh is a Tenant Barrister at Holborn Chambers. He is Assistant Head of School and Principal Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster.


"The emphasis of this book is to take a practical and tactical approach to the evidence all practitioners and students will encounter on a daily basis in their everyday professional lives. The book provides a clear and easily understood analysis of evidence, without a solid comprehensive knowledge of what evidence actually comprises of, and how it can be used to the benefit of a case, lawyers in all areas of the law will be at a disadvantage both in terms of the case and their clients. This book provides a guide to the knowledge and skills a lawyer requires in conducting a case so as to bridge the academic and practical skills divide. Dr Singh is a highly respected member of Chambers who has over the years combined his academic work with a busy practice and is therefore ideally placed to write this book which provides an invaluable aid to many."
Stuart Stevens, Head of Holborn Chambers, Barrister-at-Law