Murphy on Evidence

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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 and regularly cited in judgments, it has come to be regarded as a work of authority throughout the common law world. The book's unique approach effectively bridges the gap between academic study of the law of evidence and its application in practice, combining detailed analysis of the law with a wealth of practical ...
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Overview


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 and regularly cited in judgments, it has come to be regarded as a work of authority throughout the common law world. The book's unique approach effectively bridges the gap between academic study of the law of evidence and its application in practice, combining detailed analysis of the law with a wealth of practical information about how it is used in the courtroom.

As in previous editions, the author's teaching method is centered around two realistic case studies - one criminal and one civil - presenting challenging evidence issues and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter. The case study material for this new edition has been further developed with new podcasts and videos on the Online Resource Centre.

Fully up to date with the latest developments in this fast moving subject, the thirteenth edition of Murphy on Evidence is as indispensable as its predecessors.

Online Resource Centre

The book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, which contains:

- Regular updates to the text
- A list of useful web links
- Supporting documents and multimedia resources for the two fictitious cases
- A range of multiple-choice questions enabling students to test their knowledge

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"For many students, Murphy on Evidence is an ideal text: it is well-written, accessible, and includes a number of useful summaries." --Student Law Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199669875
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2013
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Glover is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Wolverhampton. Before joining the School of Legal Studies in 1998, Richard worked in private practice, as a criminal lawyer in London and South Wales. His principle areas of interest are the law of evidence, human rights law, and criminal law. He is currently researching into the law relating to burdens of proof following a number of significant decisions from appellate courts in recent years.

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 Principle 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 evidence.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the law of evidence
2. The language of the law of evidence
3. The judicial function in the law of evidence
4. The burden and standard of proof
5. Character evidence I: character evidence generally; in civil cases; evidence of good character
6. Character evidence II: evidence of bad character
7. The rule against hearsay I: scope and working of the rule
8. The rule against hearsay II: common law and statutory exceptions
9. The rule against hearsay III: admissions and confessions
10. The rule against hearsay IV: the accused's denials and silence
11. Opinion evidence
12. Previous judgments as evidence
13. Public interest immunity and privilege I: public interest immunity
14. Public interest immunity and privilege II: privilege
15. Witnesses: competence and compellability; oaths and affirmations
16. Examination in chief
17. Cross-examination and beyond
18. Corroboration and suspect witness warnings
19. Documentary and real evidence
20. Proof without evidence

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