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The Modern Law of Evidence

Fourteenth Edition

Adrian Keane and Paul McKeown

March 2022

ISBN: 9780192855930

880 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The best-selling evidence textbook: clear, direct, and complete



The Modern Law of Evidence is a best-selling and indispensable guide for students studying the contemporary law of evidence. The fourteenth edition examines the theory behind the law as well as its practical application, with emphasis on current debates.

  • An authoritative, exceptionally clear, and comprehensive work, focusing on the rules that underpin the law of evidence, guiding students through this complex subject
  • Provides an examination of the theory behind the law as well as its practical application, helping to engage the reader with the key debates and encouraging analytical thought
  • In-depth coverage of all key topics found on evidence modules ensures that this is the ideal core text for any student studying for academic or professional qualifications
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Covers all significant developments, including Shagang Shipping Co Ltd (in liquidation) v HNA Group Co Ltd, R v Broughton, Bank St Petersburg PJSC v Arkhangelsky, R v Thomas, and many more
  • Draws on a wealth of new academic articles and other works of scholarship

About the Author(s)

Adrian Keane, Emeritus Professor of Law, The City Law School, City, University of London, and Paul McKeown, Associate Professor of Law, The City Law School, City, University of London

Table of Contents

    3:The burden and standard of proof
    4:Proof of facts without evidence
    5:Documentary and real evidence
    8:Cross-examination and re-examination
    9:Corroboration and care warnings
    10:Visual and voice identification
    11:Evidence obtained by illegal or unfair means
    12:Hearsay in criminal cases
    13:Hearsay admissible by statute in civil proceedings
    14:Hearsay admissible at common law
    16:Adverse inferences from an accuseds silence or conduct
    17:Evidence of character: evidence of character in civil cases
    18:Evidence of character: evidence of the good character of the accused
    19:Evidence of character: evidence of bad character in criminal cases
    20:Experts and opinion evidence
    21:Public policy
    23:Judgments as evidence of the facts upon which they were based


"The overall package is such as to make The Modern Law of Evidence an obvious choice as the recommended text for any evidence course, whether professional, undergraduate or postgraduate." - John Sprack, The Law Teacher

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

The fourteenth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The online resources that support the book include:
- Selected guidance on approaching the questions contained in the book
- General advice on taking examinations in evidence
- Regular updates on key developments
- A list of web links to essential resources

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