Routledge – 2013 – 374 pages
Series: Unlocking the Law
Unlocking Evidence will ensure that you grasp the main concepts with ease providing you with an indispensable foundation in the subject. The book explains in detailed, yet straightforward, terms:
This second edition is fully up-to-date with the latest changes in the law and now includes discussion of witness anonymity, an expanded section on special measures, more detail on illegally obtained evidence, plus discussion of the context of the law, such as an increasing emphasis on victims.
The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. Each chapter opens with a list of aims and objectives, contains activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning. Cases and judgments are prominently displayed, as are primary source quotations. Summaries help check your understanding of each chapter, there is a glossary of legal terminology. New features include problem questions with guidance on answering, as well as essay questions and answer plans, plus cases and materials exercises.
1. Introduction 2. Facts that do not require proof 3. Burdens and standards of proof 4. Witnesses 5. Accused's right to silence 6. Course of trial 7. Corroboration and care warnings 8. Hearsay evidence in criminal cases 9. Hearsay evidence in civil cases
10. Hearsay evidence at common law 11. Confessions and unfairly obtained evidence
12. Evidence of character in civil cases 13. Evidence of good character of the accused
14. Evidence of bad character of the accused 15. Evidence of bad charcter of a person other than the accused 16. Opinion evidence 17. Privilege and public policy 18. Convictions and acquittals as evidence of underlying facts 19. Documentary and real evidence
Chandrajit Singh Landa is a barrister and Field Leader Law and Criminology, University of West London
Mohamed Ramjohn LLM, JP, is a barrister and Principal Lecturer in Law at the University of West London