Dennis the Law of Evidence provides thorough analysis of the law of evidence, while placing the subject within its theoretical context. The work goes beyond other textbooks to explain the intricacies of the law of evidence while still remaining easy to understand. The information is presented in a logical structure following on from the introduction of the basic concepts through to the exclusionary rules of the law of evidence.
Dennis offers an integrated approach to evidence which includes essential doctrinal analysis. It takes account of evidence theory, psychological research on information processing and retrieval, socio-legal work on police investigations, and jury research projects.
Part 1: Understanding Evidence: The Foundations of the Law; An Introduction to the Law of Evidence; The Aims of the Law of Evidence; Relevance and Admissibility; Facts and Factfinding; Part 2: Obtaining Evidence: Pre-Trial Procedures and the Regulation of Access; The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and the Right to Silence; Confessions; Identification Evidence; Evidence Obtained by Illegal or Unfair Means; Disclosure and Immunity; Legal Professional Privilege; Part 3: Adducing Evidence: Trial Procedures and the Principles of Proof; Burden and Standard of Proof; Forms of Proof and Alternatives to Proof; Witnesses; Examination of Witnesses; Vulnerable and Suspect Witnesses; Part 4: Using Evidence: The Scope and Limits of Exclusionary Rules; The Scope and Rationale of the Hearsay Rule; The Hearsay Rule: Exceptions and Reforms; Evidence of Character and Other Misconduct; Cross-Examination of the Accused; Opinion and Expert Evidence