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Western Australian Evidence Law
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Western Australian Evidence Law

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Published Dec 2014 (LexisNexis)
ISBN: 9780409338423. Soft Cover.

Field, D; Offer, K,

Western Australian Evidence Law provides a clear and accessible explanation of all key concepts relating to evidence in civil and criminal matters in Western Australia.

The text explains and discusses the common law rules of evidence as affected by the Evidence Act 1906 (WA). The commentary addresses the synthesis of the common law and statutory position to provide a very readable and accessible text that applies a logical and systematic approach to the introduction of each key topic.


The easy-to-navigate design supports a clear discussion and analysis of statutory provisions and leading cases to engage readers. To consolidate understanding, each chapter provides a set of self-test questions and a problem question in each of the civil and criminal jurisdictions.


To promote familiarity with the evidence rules applicable to practice in federal matters, the text also includes a comparative discussion of the position under the Commonwealth Evidence Act 1995, which forms the foundation of the Uniform Evidence Acts regime.


This book is an ideal introduction for students to the law of evidence and an excellent reference for Western Australian legal practitioners.

David Field is an Associate Professor of Law at Bond University, where he has taught evidence law for over 12 years. He has specialised in Supreme Court commercial causes and legal aid criminal cases during his career in practice. He was also the Solicitor for Prosecutions Queensland.


Kate Offer is an Assistant Professor at the Law School, University of Western Australia. Her teaching and research areas include the law of evidence. She also has a particular research interest in the field of legal education.


  1  Nature, Sources and Function of the Law of Evidence
  2  Proof without New Evidence
  3  Types and Classifications of Evidence
  4  Competence and Compellability
  5  Privilege
  6  Oral Evidence
  7  Probity, Prejudice and Similar Fact Evidence
  8  Character Evidence in Relation to Accused Persons and Sexual Offence Complainants
  9  Hearsay at Common Law
10 Hearsay under Statute
11 Opinion Evidence, Identification and Corroboration
12 Unlawfully Obtained Evidence

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