Evidence 2007-2008

Evidence 2007-2008

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The law of evidence is an increasingly popular and important choice of subject for undergraduates. The ideal revision aid, "Q&A Evidence 2007-2008" gives students the opportunity to practise their exam techniques and evaluate and assess their progress. The book is divided into chapters covering each major topic on law courses, and contains around fifty questions and answers designed to test even the best prepared student. Each chapter contains an introduction focusing on important legal aspects, and flowcharts are used to clarify issues and aid analysis. After every question there is a commentary highlighting key points, followed by bullet-pointed answer plans, and finally a model answer. The authors discuss the most effective techniques for writing examination answers and tackling both practical and theoretical questions, showing exactly what the examiners are looking for. The book opens with an introductory chapter providing detailed guidance on examination technique and the best approach to answering both problem and essay based questions; the book will be invaluable for both examinations and coursework.
"Q&A Evidence" ends with a chapter of 'mixed questions' which will provide the perfect dry run at an examination. This fifth edition has been substantially modified to take account of recent sweeping changes in the law of evidence, as well as the radical impact of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, particularly in the areas of character and hearsay evidence. The authors also take into account the continuing effect of the Human Rights Act 1998, which has had a strong impact on the law of evidence. "Q&A Evidence" is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre providing annotated web links and a glossary of terms from the Dictionary of Law.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15mm | 475g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0199299463
  • 9780199299461
  • 1,878,467

Table of contents

Preface; Table of cases; Table of statutes; Table of secondary legislation; 1. Introduction; 2. Burden and standard of proof; presumptions; 3. Character evidence; 4. Hearsay; 5. Confessions; 6. The defendant's silence; 7. Improperly obtained evidence; 8. Competence and compellability; 9. Identification and lies; 10. Expert opinion; 11. Issues in the course of trial; 12. Privilege and public policy; 13. Mixed questions; Selected bibliography; Index
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About Maureen Spencer

Maureen Spencer is Principal Lecturer, Middlesex University. Before joining Middlesex University in 1990, she qualified as a barrister and worked for 25 years as a researcher in the fields of history and social policy. She holds a doctorate in the history of civil legal aid. Maureen Spencer currrently teaches evidence, human rights, and constitutional law. She has taught on the CPE programme for over ten years. She is Programme Leader for the new online full-time and part-time programmes and has a particular interest in the development of electronic-based materials.
John Spencer is Visiting Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University. He is also a barrister and Law Reporter.
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