Phipson on Evidence



Phipson on Evidence is the leading work on civil and criminal evidence. It examines in detail all aspects of the principles and procedures making up the law of evidence. Coverage includes the admission of evidence, the standard of proof, the attendance of witnesses, good and bad character, legal professional privilege, hearsay, expert evidence, confessions, judicial discretion and many other evidential issues.


The first supplement to the nineteeth edition brings the mainwork up-to-date.


Case updates in the first supplement include:


Takhar v. Gracefield Developments Ltd [2019] where the Supreme Court concluded that there is no requirement to demonstrate that evidence of fraud could not have been discovered with reasonable diligence before.

ACL Netherlands BV and others v Lynch and another [2019] in which the court considered the collateral use of court documents. The Court refused the claimants' application for permission to provide the FBI with copies of disclosure documents and witness statements served in civil proceedings, which arose from the defendants' alleged fraudulent manipulation of the first claimant's accounts.

MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd [2018] which dealt with the impact of a ‘no oral modification’ clause on the scope of estoppel.

KV (Sri Lanka) (On the Application of) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] where the Court of Appeal considered the need for expert evidence in interpreting a decision or law of an English speaking common law country.

And many more...


Features List:


Leading work and authority on civil and criminal evidence, frequently quoted in court

Written by a prominent team of expert authors, with excellent balance between leading practitioners and academics

Fully updates all changes brought in by the Civil Procedure Rules and the Criminal Procedure Rules

Examines in detail all aspects of the complex principles and procedures which make up the law of evidence including admission of evidence, evidence taken or served prior to a trial, the rules of evidence during the course of a trial and the examination of witnesses

Considers the burden and standard of proof

Discusses all aspects of good and bad character

Includes analysis of privilege and facts excluded by public policy

Examines hearsay in civil and criminal proceedings

Looks at the exclusion and inclusion of extrinsic evidence

Examines the judicial discretion to admit or exclude evidence

Considers a broad range of case law, including that of the Commonwealth

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