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"Now in its 25th anniversary edition 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 bridges the gap between the academic and practical treatment of the law of evidence, containing both a comprehensive academic analysis of the law, and a wealth of practical information about how the law is applied in the courtroom." "This ninth edition is the result of the most complete revision in the book's history. The law of evidence has been profoundly affected by the Criminal Justice Act 2003, whose evidential provisions are now in force. The chapters dealing with hearsay and character evidence in criminal cases have been completely re-written to take account of the new law. The provisions of the Act have also affected the rule of finality of collateral matters, previous consistent and inconsistent statements, evidence of reputation, expert evidence, and confessions, and all the relevant changes in the law in these areas have been incorporated. The new edition also takes account of the considerable number of important new decisions of the House of Lords and the Court of Appeal which have resulted in major developments in the law dealing with reverse burdens of proof, confessions, the accused's silence, public interest immunity, and other areas." 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 chapters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199216284
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/19/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 666
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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 editor-in-chief of Blackstone's Criminal Practice and is the author of Evidence Proof and Facts: A Book of Sources. His books constitute a complete and proven method for the teaching of evidence.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the law of evidence 1
2 The language of the law of evidence 18
3 The judicial function in the law of evidence 34
4 The burden and standard of proof 66
5 Character evidence I : character evidence generally; in civil cases, evidence of good character 110
6 Character evidence II : evidence of bad character 130
7 The rule against hearsay I : scope and working of the rule 190
8 The rule against hearsay II : common law and statutory exceptions 228
9 The rule against hearsay III : admissions and confessions 270
10 The rule against hearsay IV : the accused's denials and silence 315
11 Opinion evidence 339
12 Previous judgments as evidence 365
13 Public interest immunity and privilege I : public interest immunity 395
14 Public interest immunity and privilege II : privilege 432
15 Witnesses : competence and compellability; oaths and affirmations 472
16 Examination in chief 505
17 Cross-examination and beyond 539
18 Corroboration and suspect witness warnings 568
19 Documentary and real evidence 581
20 Proof without evidence 602
21 The Queen v. Coke; the Queen v. Littleton; Blackstone v. Coke 622
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