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Criminal Evidence: Second Edition Paperback – 21 Oct 2010
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If you want to pursue the law of criminal evidence as an intellectual inquiry, you will be hard pressed to find a better textbook than this...An admirably wide range of materials is covered and thought-provoking comments can be found at every turn. (Hock Law Ho, Criminal Law and Philosophy)
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Paul Roberts is Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence at the University of Nottingham School of Law. Adrian Zuckerman is Professor of Civil Procedure at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of University College, Oxford.
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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!
It is clear, it is well written, and it explains all of the key areas in sufficient detail. There are lots of cases and statutory provisions mentioned, and it offers an interesting insight into a complex area of law. It offers critical comment in appropriate areas, and summarises the opinions of other academics in the field. It can be best described as 'the Bible of Criminal Evidence'.
If you are undertaking a Criminal Evidence module at University, then I fully recommend this book.
If you want pages and pages of abstract analysis, theoretical waffle and social policy, then by all means go for this book. However, most students want more hard law in their textbooks to actually get them through exams. There is very little emphasis on cases and I don't find the structure to be very helpful or even logical in some places.
I think that while this would be a good book to dip into for essay writing, it is terrible for week to week learning and I dread picking it up.