Criminal Evidence in Context
Published August 15th 2008 by Routledge-Cavendish – 28 pages
Criminal Evidence in Context explains the key concepts of evidence law in England and Wales clearly and concisely, set against the backdrop of the broader political 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 second edition has 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. It includes new chapters on the privilege of non-incrimination; improperly-obtained evidence; and expert evidence.
Each chapter contains a range of pedagogical tools including key points, self-test questions and advice on further reading. Diagrams, flowcharts and bullet points make this text easy to follow and clarify complex and important topics.
"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
1. Introduction to Criminal Evidence 2. The Principle of Orality 3. The Burden of Proof 4. The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination 5. Examination and Cross-Examination 6. Evidence of Character 7. Hearsay Evidence 8. Confessions 9. Improperly Obtained Evidence 10. Opinion Evidence
Dr Jonathan Doak is a Reader in Law at Nottingham Trent University. He has published in the fields of criminal evidence, victimology, and restorative justice.
Dr Claire McGourlay is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield where she teaches Criminal Evidence and Criminal Law. Her research focuses on plea negotiation, particularly sentence discounts and cracked trials, and criminal evidence.