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The Modern Law of Evidence

Thirteenth Edition

Adrian Keane and Paul McKeown

April 2020

ISBN: 9780198848486

872 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 thirteenth 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 principles and rules that underpin the law of evidence, and guiding readers through this complex subject
  • Considers both theory and practice, 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

  • Additional problem questions have been added to the end-of-chapter questions, with comprehensive note form answers on a companion website
  • The additional reading section at the end of each chapter has been updated to include new supporting commentary in the form of peer reviewed articles, which are summarised
  • Coverage of all significant new developments including the Court of Appeal decision in R v Hampson on best practice when a court has made a special measures order for video-recorded cross-examination; the Court of Appeal decision in R v Mader concerning the admissibility of evidence of the good character of prosecution witnesses; the Court of Appeal decision Competition and Markets Authority v Concordia International RX (UK) which establishes an exception to the general ban on the use of the CMP in civil litigation; the Court of Appeal decision in W H Holdings Ltd v E20 Stadium LLP on the scope of litigation privilege. (A comprehensive list of significant developments covered can be found in the Preface to the 13th edition).

About the Author(s)

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

Adrian Keane, Emeritus Professor of Law, City, University of London

Paul McKeown, Associate Professor of Law, City, University of London

Table of Contents

    3:The burden and standard of proof
    4:Proof of facts without evidence
    7:Cross-examination and re-examination
    8:Corroboration and care warnings
    9:Visual and voice identification
    10:Documentary and real evidence
    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. This is the case, despite the number of textbooks covering the subject." - John Sprack, The Law Teacher

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The thirteenth 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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