Murphy on Evidence

Paperback | August 16, 2009

byPeter Murphy

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Murphy on Evidence is firmly established as a leading text for use on undergraduate law courses and in preparation for professional examinations. Frequently consulted by judges and practitioners, it has come to be regarded as a work of authority throughout the common law world. It bridgesthe gap between academic and practical treatments of the law of evidence, containing detailed academic analysis of the law alongside a wealth of practical information about how the law is applied in the courtroom. The eleventh edition continues to feature detailed coverage of the seminal decisions of the Court of Appeal, interpreting the hearsay and character evidence provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. It provides a clear analysis of how the law has developed in these crucial areas, and practicalobservations on how the new rules are being applied by trial courts. The book has been thoroughly updated and deals with many important decisions of the House of Lords and the Court of Appeal since publication of the last edition. There have been significant developments in almost every area ofthe law. As in previous editions, the author's teaching method is centred around a realistic, though fictitious, criminal case and civil case, presenting challenging evidence issues and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter. Murphy on Evidence first appeared in 1980 under the name A Practical Approach to Evidence, and its success in providing a readable and practical guide to the subject has been widely acknowledged, not only by law teachers and students, but also by the profession.An Online Resource Centre, authored by Richard Glover of the University of Wolverhampton, accompanies this book, and features twice-yearly updates to the text, a list of web links and the supporting documents for the two fictitious cases.

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Murphy on Evidence is firmly established as a leading text for use on undergraduate law courses and in preparation for professional examinations. Frequently consulted by judges and practitioners, it has come to be regarded as a work of authority throughout the common law world. It bridgesthe gap between academic and practical treatme...

Peter Murphy is a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. He read law at Cambridge and is a member of the Bars of England, California, and Texas. He is a former Principal Lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law and has taught and practised at the Bar extensively, both in England and the United States. He was the founding edito...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:745 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:August 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199561125

ISBN - 13:9780199561124

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the law of evidence2. The language of the law of evidence3. The judicial function in the law of evidence4. The burden and standard of proof5. Character evidence I: character evidence generally; in civil cases; evidence of good character6. Character evidence II: evidence of bad character7. The rule against hearsay I: scope and working of the rule8. The rule against hearsay II: common law and statutory exceptions9. The rule against hearsay III: admissions and evidence10. The rule against hearsay IV: the accused's silence and denials11. Opinion evidence12. Previous judgments as evidence13. Public interest immunity and privilege I: public interest immunity14. Public interest immunity II: privilege15. Witnesses: competence and compellability; oaths and affirmations16. Examination in chief17. Cross-examination and beyond18. Corroboration and suspect witness warnings19. Documentary and real evidence20. Proof without evidence