Criminal Litigation Handbook 2013-2014

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The Criminal Litigation Handbook offers a comprehensive and pratical guide to the areas of criminal litigation covered in the Legal Practice Course. Making effective use of realistic case studies backed up by online documentation, the text combines theory with practical considerations and encourages students to focus on putting their knowledge into a practical context. Written in an informal and accessible style, it covers all procedural and evidential issues that arise in criminal cases. The more complex areas ...
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Overview


The Criminal Litigation Handbook offers a comprehensive and pratical guide to the areas of criminal litigation covered in the Legal Practice Course. Making effective use of realistic case studies backed up by online documentation, the text combines theory with practical considerations and encourages students to focus on putting their knowledge into a practical context. Written in an informal and accessible style, it covers all procedural and evidential issues that arise in criminal cases. The more complex areas of criminal litigation are examined using numerous diagrams, flowcharts and examples, while potential changes in the law are highlighted by specially designed 'Looking Ahead' boxes. Chapters end with key points summaries and self-test questions, enabling students to quickly sum up what they have read and test their own knowledge.

The comprehensive Online Resource Centre offers vital support to students throughout their course. Updates are freely accessible to enable students to keep up to date with developments in the field, while links to other useful websites and legislation encourage students to explore the subject area fully. An additional online chapter exploring the practice and dynamics of police station practice is also included for students interested in pursuing police station accreditation as a qualification.

An interactive timeline distinguishing between the three classifications of offences (summary-only, either-way and indictable-only) helps students to see how the whole criminal litigation process fits together and the issues that they need to keep in mind at particular points. Lecturers are able to access video clips of fictional but realistic court proceedings which follow the case studies included in the text; documentation supporting these case studies is also provided via the site. Additional videos cover the procedure at the police station and sentencing in the Crown Court.

Online Resource Centre
Student Resources
Answers to self-test questions
Bad character case compendium
Case study documentation
Police station checklist
Criminal Litigation Express Train timeline
Updates
Web Chapter 1: Advising at the Police Station - Practical Steps
Web Chapter 2: Regulatory Crime
Web Chapter 3: Sentencing in Road Traffic Cases
Web links

Lecturer Resources
Video case studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199676484
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Edition description: 2013 Edition
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Hannibal, Barrister, Senior Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University,Lisa Mountford, Solicitor, Senior Lecturer in Law and Fellow of Teaching and Learning, Staffordshire University

Martin Hannibal is a Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law at Staffordshire University. He has wide experience of teaching criminal procedure and evidence.

Lisa Mountford is a Solicitor and Senior lecturer in Law and Fellow of Teaching and Learning at Staffordshire University. She has extensive experience of teaching criminal litigation to LPC students and sitting as a magistrate.

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Table of Contents

PART 1 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL LITIGATION
1. Introduction
2. An Introduction to the Law of Criminal Evidence and Advocacy
PART 2 INVESTIGATION AND CHARGE
3. The Powers to Stop, Search and Arrest
4. Detention and Interrogation
5. The Right to Silence at the Police Station
6. Challenging unlawfully and unfairly obtained evidence
7. Obtaining Identification Evidence
8. The Decision to Prosecute and the Prosecution's Duties of Disclosure of Evidence
PART 3 FROM CHARGE TO TRIAL
9. Public Funding and Early Stages of the Criminal Justice Process
10. The Law and Practice relating to Court Bail
11. Prosecuting an Either-Way Offence
12. Prosecuting Summary Offences
13. Crown Court Proceedings Pre-Trial
14. Trial Before the Crown Court
PART 4 PROVING THE CASE - THE RULES OF CRIMINAL EVIDENCE
15. The Burden of Proof
16. Witness Evidence
17. Corroboration, the 'Turnbull Guidelines' and Opinion Evidence
18. Hearsay Evidence
19. Character Evidence and the accused as a witness at trial
20. Private Privilege
PART 5 POST CONVICTION: SENTENCING AND APPEALS
21. Sentencing Procedure and the General Principles of Sentencing
22. Specific Types of Sentence and the Plea in Mitigation
23. Appeals
PART 6 YOUTH JUSTICE
24. Youth Justice Introduction
25. Prosecuting Young Offenders
26. Sentencing Young Offenders

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