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The South African Law of Evidence

Vastly expanded since the last edition published 15 years ago, The South African Law of Evidence is the authoritative and comprehensive guide to the law of evidence in South Africa, combining the received wisdo

Publication Language: English
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409125719

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Vastly expanded since the last edition published 15 years ago, The South African Law of Evidence is the authoritative and comprehensive guide to the law of evidence in South Africa, combining the received wisdom of the past with the imperatives of the 1996 Constitution, and includes more in-depth discussion of such topics as hearsay, admissions and confessions, and privilege.

It also includes insightful theories of proof and treatment, and in-depth analysis of the onus of proof, circumstantial evidence and inferential reasoning, presumptions, privilege, and improperly obtained evidence in the light of the 1996 Constitution.

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Table of contents

Part I - Introduction and sources

Chapter 1 - Definitions, sources and the Constitution

Part II - 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, aspects of the onus of proof, the evidentiary burden, the meaning of "prima facie" and other topics relating to proof

Chapter 6 - Presumptions

Part III - Admissibility

Chapter 7 - Relevance and admissibility

Chapter 8 - Character

Chapter 9 - Similar facts

Chapter 10 - Opinion

Chapter 11 - The parole 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 IV - Privilege

Chapter 17 - Privilege

Part V - Public policy (Illegally and Unfairly Obtained Evidence and State Privilege)

Chapter 18 - Illegally and improperly obtained evidence

Chapter 19 - State privilege and public policy

Part VI - Machinery of proof

Chapter 20 - Competence and compellability of witnesses

Chapter 21 - Documentary evidence

Chapter 22 - Real evidence

Chapter 23 - Judicial notice

Chapter 24 - The rules of trial

Part VII - Corroboration and caution

Chapter 25 - Corroboration and cautionary rules