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Evidence: Commentary & Materials: 8th edition
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Evidence: Commentary & Materials: 8th edition

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Published Aug 2013 (Thomson Reuters)
ISBN: 9780455230733.
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By Andrew Hemming, Miiko Kumar, Elisabeth Peden

Evidence: Commentary and Materials 8th Edition introduces general principles and theoretical perspectives of the law of evidence, covering all Australian jurisdictions and explaining State by State variations.

The most significant change since the previous edition is the expansion of the Uniform Evidence Acts (UEA) into Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, leaving Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia as the remaining common law States. As a result, legislative references have been updated throughout, replacing Victorian references with examples from Queensland and South Australia.

Up until now, cases from New South Wales have dominated the UEAs but Victoria will provide a counterbalance in future, as evidenced by Dupas v The Queen, where the Victorian Court of Appeal declined to follow New South Wales authority.

Another important change is the amendment of the UEAs following a review by the ALRC, which has included amendments to allow second-hand or remote hearsay subject to the exceptions relating to admissions in criminal proceedings. Other developments include expansion of the freshness rule to cover other considerations apart from time; amendments to the UEA credibility provisions; and recent legislative reform to the right to silence in New South Wales.

New cases covered in this edition include:

  • Baker v The Queen (hearsay exclusionary rule);
  • HML v The Queen and Asplin v Western Australia (similar fact evidence);
  • Lithgow City Council v Jackson and Dasreef Pty Ltd v Hawchar (High Court interpretations on opinion evidence);
  • Robinson v Woolworths LtdFleming v The Queen, and DPP v Marijancevic (discretion to exclude illegally or improperly obtained evidence);
  •  Braysich v The Queen, and Strong v Woolworths (burden and standard of proof);
  • Evans v The Queen (relevance and documents); and
  • AK v State of Western Australia (visual identificaiton evidence).
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