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Published: 21 October 2010

776 Pages

9.7 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780199231645

Bookseller Code (06)

Criminal Evidence

Second Edition

Paul Roberts and Adrian Zuckerman

  • A highly original contribution to evidence scholarship providing authoritative commentary on the fundamental principles and underlying logic of the law of criminal evidence
  • Engages with the broader jurisprudential, moral, and political significance of detailed rules of evidence, encouraging a deeper and more holistic understanding of the subject
  • Identifies and elucidates coherent foundations of principle for particular evidentiary doctrines including fair trial, the presumption of innocence, the privilege against self-incrimination, hearsay, and bad character
  • Considers the forensic applications of inductive logic, narrative and probability
  • Fully integrated coverage of the European Convention on Human Rights and post-Human Rights Act developments to date, alongside relevant jurisprudence from the USA, Australia, Canada and other commonwealth jurisdictions
  • Conclusion reflects on recent, partly contradictory trends towards constitutionalization, discretionary admissibility and cosmopolitanism in the law of criminal evidence
  • First edition quickly established itself as a leading evidence text throughout the common law world. It was widely and favourably reviewed (including a symposium issue of the International Commentary on Evidence), and has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada
  • The second edition of this critically acclaimed work has been comprehensively revised, to keep each chapter to a manageable length and to enhance the book's thematic approach
  • Fully updated to account for all major doctrinal developments since the first edition, including new cases on torture evidence, reverse onus clauses, confrontation, hearsay, previous sexual history and bad character
  • Includes more detailed coverage of the important topic of confession evidence
  • Engages with recent theoretical scholarship on the law of evidence, including the work of Antony Duff, Hock Lai Ho, Larry Laudan and Alex Stein

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