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Evidence: text & materials

Evidence: text & materials

Durston, Gregory

Providing an easily accessible source for students studying the law of evidence, this title fulfils the roles of both textbook and materials book, containing extracts from key cases and published articles

Book. English.
2nd ed.
All formats and editions (2)
Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, c2011
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Statement of responsibility: Gregory Durston
ISBN: 0199583609, 9780199583607
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Previous ed.: 2008.
Physical Description: liv, 622 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Law.; Evidence (Law) Wales.; Evidence (Law) England.


  1. Introduction
  2. Judicial discretion
  3. The burden and standard of proof
  4. Presumptions
  5. Character evidence
  6. Hearsay evidence
  7. Confession evidence and related matters
  8. Competence and compellability
  9. The course of the evidence: evidence in chief
  10. The course of the evidence: cross-examination and re-examination
  11. Opinion evidence
  12. Identification evidence and corroboration
  13. Public interest immunity
  14. Legal professional privilege, and the privelege against self-incrimination

Author note

Gregory Durston is currently Reader in Law at Kingston University. He has also lectured at City Law School, and been an Associate Professor at Niigata University Law Faculty, Japan. He has a Doctorate and a Masters degree from the LSE, and was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. He spent several years as a practising barrister, before becoming a full-time law lecturer. He has taught the law of evidence for 21 years.


Evidence: Text & Materials provides a 'one-stop', readily accessible resource for students studying the law of evidence. It offers an exceptionally clear and lucid presentation of the law, effectively introducing and guiding students through this challenging and stimulating subject.

Interwoven with the author's incisive explanatory commentary are extracts from key cases, essential articles, and academic books. Exposure to these materials will help the student to develop a truly in-depth undersanding of the key principles of the law of evidence, and a keen awareness of how these principles are applied in modern practice. Particular attention is paid to the major developments and judgments that have transformed this subject in recent years.

The author uses clear language throughout, in order to ensure the explanation of the law is as clear as possible . A range of textual features encouragie the reader to engage with the subject. This exciting and innovative book is the ideal companion for students studying evidence on the LLB, LPC or BPTC.

Online Resource Centre

This book is supported by an Online Resource Centre, which contains the following:

- Regular updates to the text

- A helpful list of web links

- A glossary of key terms

- Guidance on answering some of the problem questions posed in the book