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Evidence in Context [Paperback]

Jonathan Doak , Claire McGourlay
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10 May 2012 0415668425 978-0415668422 3

Evidence in Context explains the key concepts of evidence law in England and Wales clearly and concisely, set against the backdrop of the broader social 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 third edition has been expanded to cover the field of civil evidence alongside its traditional criminal focus. It has also 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. This edition includes a new chapter structure, with new chapters on the adversarial trial and suspect evidence.

Updated features include

  • self test questions and advice on further reading at the end of each chapter
  • key learning points which summarise the chapter as well as highlighting the most important issues
  • New and updated chapters on topics such as adversarial trial, witnesses and suspect evidence.

Addressing the evolving case law on subjects such as hearsay and bad character which were overhauled in the Criminal Justice Act 2003, this book is an essential purchase for anyone studying evidence law.

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415668425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415668422
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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

"Evidence in Context is an excellent resource for all students of this fascinating subject. The book encourages critical analysis whilst remaining accessible and engaging. The contextual approach sets this text apart from others on the subject." Susan Lazer, Solicitor, Senior Lecturer in Law, Huddersfield University

"The book is an excellent resource for undergraduates and useful for those in practice needing answers to problems of evidence - the authors put the law concisely while also helping readers to understand the issues surrounding the law." Tom Fairclough, Third Year Undergraduate in Law, University of Reading, featured in Times Higher Education 2012

About the Author

Jonathan Doak is Professor of Law at Durham University. He has published widely in the fields of criminal evidence, victimology, and restorative justice.

Claire McGourlay is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs at the University of Sheffield where she teaches Criminal Evidence, Criminal Process and Criminal Law. She also runs the School of law Innocence Project and Legal Advice Clinic and has won awards for her contribution to student employability and inquiry based learning and a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A contextual approach.... 27 May 2012
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An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

The key concepts of the modern law of evidence are set out clearly and concisely by Jonathan Doak and Claire McGourlay in their new third edition which has changed its title to `Evidence in Context'. They explain away the change by widening the scope of the work to take account of developments in civil law. We welcome the two new chapters on adversarial trial and suspect evidence and the example scenarios which do assist an understanding of what can be a complex subject to many learners.

The new edition is certainly both accessible and stimulating because the authors have concentrated on those topics which tend to feature most commonly on courses for the law of evidence.

Any lecturer or student of evidence knows that the subject does not readily lend itself to the integration of what is called the contextual perspective so what is refreshing about this work is the inclusion of wider policy debates and societal trends which undergraduate courses often contain.

For the practitioner, the gap between the practice of law and `the law of the books' is well highlighted although as Doak and McGourlay admit both threads do not always sit comfortably together in precise harmony.

A particular benefit of the book for the wider readership is the exploration of the practical significance of the rules of evidence which is what the trainee solicitor or barrister will be looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 21 Jan 2014
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Very useful book, ideal for any student studying the Law of evidence, vast majority of the course was covered within this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 29 Nov 2013
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excellent book, well structured, well written and make you easily to understand the principles of evidence!!!!!! much criticism on it! very helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 30 April 2013
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Amazing textbook, easy to read, nice layout, good content - all the information you need to know for the law of evidence!
Would highly recommend! Absolutely brilliant textbook proving the necessary information in an accessible way for students
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This text book is great for getting a basic understanding of the law of evidence - not so great for case analysis though so depending on how good you are at getting the points within caselaw (as you always read this yourself) you need a more analytical text such as Keane 'Modern law of Evidence' which was reccommended by my university. these two books together give you the best of both :)
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