Evidence in Context

3rd Edition

By Jonathan Doak, Claire McGourlay, Mark Thomas

© 2012 – Routledge

392 pages

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About the Book

Evidence in Context explains the key concepts of evidence law in England and Wales clearly and concisely, set against the backdrop of the broader social and theoretical contexts. It informs students of the major debates within the field, providing an explanation as to how and why the law has developed as it has.

This third edition has been expanded to cover the field of civil evidence alongside its traditional criminal focus. It has also been thoroughly revised and updated to take into account recent developments in the law and the considerable amount of case law that has emerged since publication of the previous edition. This edition includes a new chapter structure, with new chapters on the adversarial trial and suspect evidence.

Updated features include

  • self test questions and advice on further reading at the end of each chapter
  • key learning points which summarise the chapter as well as highlighting the most important issues
  • New and updated chapters on topics such as adversarial trial, witnesses and suspect evidence.

Addressing the evolving case law on subjects such as hearsay and bad character which were overhauled in the Criminal Justice Act 2003, this book is an essential purchase for anyone studying evidence law.


"This book is virtually a one-stop publication on criminal procedure and sentencing which caters for all the main needs of practitioners and students in one volume. The authors have done a first class job." Leonard Jason-Lloyd, Visiting Fellow, Midlands Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Loughborough University

"Evidence in Context is an excellent resource for all students of this fascinating subject. The book encourages critical analysis whilst remaining accessible and engaging. The contextual approach sets this text apart from others on the subject." Susan Lazer, Solicitor, Senior Lecturer in Law, Huddersfield University

"The book is an excellent resource for undergraduates and useful for those in practice needing answers to problems of evidence - the authors put the law concisely while also helping readers to understand the issues surrounding the law." Tom Fairclough, Third Year Undergraduate in Law, University of Reading, featured in Times Higher Education 2012

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Basic Concepts 2. The Adversarial Trial 3. Burden of proof 4. Witnesses 1: Competency, Compellability and Special Measures 5. Witnesses 2: Vulnerable Witnesses 6. Witnesses 3: Examination and Cross-Examination 7. Privilege against Self-Incrimination 8. Confession Evidence 9. Improperly Obtained Evidence 10. Suspect Evidence: Identification and Corroboration 11. Character Evidence 12. Hearsay 13. Opinion Evidence

About the Authors

Jonathan Doak is Professor of Law at Durham University. He has published widely in the fields of criminal evidence, victimology, and restorative justice.

Claire McGourlay is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs at the University of Sheffield where she teaches Criminal Evidence, Criminal Process and Criminal Law. She also runs the School of law Innocence Project and Legal Advice Clinic and has won awards for her contribution to student employability and inquiry based learning and a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Evidence