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Uniform Evidence Law eBook

Text and Essential Cases
4th edition

Author

eBook ISBN

9781760022839

Publication date

31/01/2021

Format

eBook

Page extent

890

AUD $125.00 gst included

Bronwynne Anderson (Australia)
At its Highest
(2020)
pencil drawing with digital colouring 
© Bronwynne Anderson

The fourth edition of Uniform Evidence Law: Text and Essential Cases continues the traditions of earlier edition with a detailed, comprehensive and integrated discussion of all concepts and rules of evidence law. The latest judicial decisions and legislative amendments have been included, accompanied by insightful commentary and analysis to explain and evaluate these developments in the law. This includes the evolution in the judicial interpretation of the meaning of ‘significant probative value’ in cases involving tendency evidence, such as the High Court decisions in Hughes v R, Bauer v R, and McPhillamy v R. The most recent legislative changes to the admissibility thresholds for tendency and coincidence evidence have been incorporated with reflective commentary on the parliamentary intent and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Important developments in weighing factors under s 138 (Kadir v R; Grech v R) and determining the competence and proper questioning of child witnesses (A2 v R) have been thoughtfully examined.

The case extracts throughout this edition have been selected to provide a useful mix of seminal and enduring statements of evidentiary principles, together with more recent decisions highlighting current judicial interpretations of the most frequently considered provisions of the uniform Evidence Acts. The chapter order closely reflects the structure of the uniform Evidence Acts in all jurisdictions and the incremental topic sequencing of most university courses in evidence law.

Uniform Evidence Law provides an essential toolkit for both the student and practitioner of evidence law. It has been carefully designed to enhance understanding of the practical operation of evidence law in the various federal and state litigation contexts in which it arises.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes

Introduction

1.Relevance and Fact-Finding
2. Some Basics about Trials and Appeals
3. Resolving Factual Uncertainty
4. Exclusion of Admissible Evidence and Limiting Directions
5. Witnesses and Privileges
6. The Course of the Trial
7. Documentary and Real Evidence
8. The Hearsay Rules
9. Opinion Evidence
10. Admissions
11. Estoppels, and Convictions and Judgments as Evidence
12. The Credibility of a Witness
13. The Character of the Accused
14. Tendency and Coincidence Evidence
15. Identification Evidence

Appendix – Parts 1 and 2 of the Dictionary to the Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) (Selected parts)

Index

Reviews of previous editions:

This is an excellent textbook, which actually reads more like a novel than a text book!

The laws of evidence are perhaps some of the most complex laws that practitioners will face and this book provides the basics and up to date cases on the main areas of evidence law. … this book deals with the most important sections of the Evidence Act. The format is easy to follow with a clear analysis of the basic laws … this is a very useful book for practitioners. Read review…

Caroline Dobraszcyk, Bar News, NSW Bar Association, Summer 2016

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