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Essential Evidence 2nd Edition

Essential Evidence covers the major concepts of the law of evidence.

Publication Language: English

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780639008608
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Essential Evidence covers the major concepts of the law of evidence.

This book is the essential guide to the law of evidence. It offers an accessible approach, making it easier to understand and navigate compared to extensive research materials like the SA Law of Evidence. Designed for practitioners, students, CA's, and pupil advocates, it serves as an invaluable standalone resource or can be used alongside the SA Law of Evidence. Master the vital principles of evidence law, essential for every South African law qualification and relevant to various professions such as the police force. With its condensed format, this book is the ideal quick reference for anyone seeking a solid grasp of the subject, even without prior courtroom experience.

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Table of contents

Part 1: - Introduction and Sources

Chapter 1 - Definitions, sources, and the Constitution

Part 2: - Proof

Chapter 2 - The South African evidentiary system and theories of proof

Chapter 3 - The onus of proof

Chapter 4 - Circumstantial evidence and inferential reasoning

Chapter 5 - Cogency and Proof-various topics relating to proof and the assessment of evidence

Chapter 6 - Presumptions

Part 3: - Admissability

Chapter 7 - Relevance and admissability

Chapter 8 - Character

Chapter 9 - Similar facts

Chapter 10 - Opinion

Chapter 11 - The Parol evidence rule

Chapter 12 - The best-evidence rule

Chapter 13 - Hearsay

Chapter 14 - Previous Consistent Statements

Chapter 15 - The res gestae

Chapter 16 - Informal Admissions and Confessions

Part 4: - Privilege

Chapter 17 - Privilege

Part 5: - Public Policy

Chapter 18 - Illegally and Improperly obtained evidence