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Best Text For Those Who Want The Whole Picture
on 13 April 2005
In my view this is by far and away the most lucid explanation of the difficult topic of Criminal Evidence that I have come across. Roberts and Zuckerman explain very clearly the background to each topic and why the law has developed the way it has. They also analyse all the many flaws in the system and use many interesting illustrations while using case law sparingly. This is how a law textbook for those students taking a serious interest in the subject should be written. Sadly, many writers of legal textbooks take an "ignotum per ignotius" approach (explanations that leave readers more baffled than before). Roberts and Zuckerman's text is clear in its exposition and eminently readable.
Two slight quibbles: firstly, there are some elementary spelling errors throughout the text that are obviously the result of using a word processing spell-check tool (e.g. "form" instead of "from"). A Mark I eyeball check would have eliminated these; secondly, a summary of the many points made in each chapter would be helpful as it is easy to lose sight of the overall picture as the (fascinating) detail is unfolded.
Apart from these slight quibbles, I would venture to say that this is one of the best legal textbooks for students of law that I have come across so far, and not just in the field of Criminal Evidence. It shows that the subject is "do-able" and far from being rocket science, it shows that law is not as difficult as some would have us believe. The trick is in the way you tell it!