Expert Evidence and Criminal Justice

Expert Evidence and Criminal Justice

Hardback Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

By (author) Mike Redmayne


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 244 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 234mm x 20mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198267800
  • ISBN 13: 9780198267805
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,604,637

Product description

As an increasing range of expert evidence becomes available to it, the criminal justice system must answer a series of challenging questions: should experts be permitted to give evidence on the credibility of witnesses? How should statistical evidence be presented to juries? What relevance does syndrome evidence have to questions of criminal responsibility? In 'Expert Evidence and Criminal Justice', Mike Redmayne explores these issues. His exposition utilizes work in a number of disciplines, and draws comparisons with the law and procedure in several different jurisdictions. While developing a general overview of the use of scientific evidence in the criminal process, Redmayne makes use of detailed examinations of particular issues, such as battered women syndrome, fingerprinting, and eyewitness expertise. Through an analysis of expert evidence, he also invites reflection on a series of wider issues, among them the function of exclusionary rules and the nature of case construction.

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Mike Redmayne is a lecturer in law at LSE

Review quote

Mike Redmayne writes perceptively ... The breadth of the book is one of its strengths ... Redmayne excels at clearing the underbrush from the British opinions - stripping away the stated reasons in an attempt to discern the existence of unstated reasons. Jurimetrics Journal

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Constructing Cases with Science ; 3. Probability Models in Forensic Science ; 4. Presenting Probabilities in Court ; 5. The Admissibility of Expert Evidence: (1) Evidentiary Reliability ; 6. The Admissibility of Expert Evidence: (2) The Rule in R. v. Turner ; 7. Adversarial Experts ; Index