Proof – Canadian Rules of Evidence, 3rd Edition

Professor Paul Atkinson, an evidence teacher for the last 25 years, explains in easy-to-understand language, the rules and principles of evidence in Canada, and how legal statutes and case precedents determine our evidence laws.
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What All Non-Lawyers Working In The Justice System Need To Know About Evidence Law

Evidence law can be a complex and daunting subject matter, but finally, here is a textbook specifically written for students and non-lawyers working in the justice system. Professor Paul Atkinson, an evidence teacher for the last 25 years, explains in easy-to-understand language, the rules and principles of evidence in Canada, and how legal statutes and case precedents determine our evidence laws.

This second edition contains the most recent provincial Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada cases on rulings relating to evidence.

Features

  • Helps in determining what kinds of evidence are admissible; how evidence should be gathered and organized; and understanding rules on search and seizure
  • Analyses and discusses seminal court cases in regards to evidentiary rulings
  • Provides a succinct overview of the Canadian justice system
  • Explains the sources of the rules of evidence, and analyses the interaction between statutes and case reports that determine the rules of evidence
  • Refers to the latest Charter cases, and decisions addressing character evidence, informer privilege and hearsay, and the criteria for holding separate trials for multiple charges
  • Includes self-test questions after each chapter to assist students in assessing their level of understanding and knowledge of evidence principles
  • Contains a glossary of terms

New In This Edition

  • Contains the most recent provincial and Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada cases on rulings related to evidence, including an updated chapter titled:"Court Cases You'll Need To Know"
  • Discussion of the current state of the law and rules surrounding evidence and related procedures
  • Discussion of changes to the interpretation of the rules

Who Should Read This Book?

  • Students preparing for a law-related career - written in plain language, the book takes a complex subject matter such as evidence law, and makes it comprehensible for non-lawyers and non-law students
  • Evidence instructors and teachers - the book's structure follows a 15-week semester, and serves as an ideal textbook for any university or college course covering evidence law
  • Lawyers, law students and paralegals - a practical and well-organized evidence law book for quickly refreshing your memory on important rules of evidence
  • Law libraries - a valuable addition to a collection of reference material on evidence law

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Table of contents

Dedication
Acknowledgement
About the Author
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Canadian Justice Sustem and the Most Basic Evidence Concepts
Chapter 2: Evidence Statutes
Chapter 3: Court Cases You'll Need to Know
Chapter 4: Witnesses
Chapter 5: Opinion Evidence and Experts
Chapter 6: Character and Similar Fact Evidence
Chapter 7: Hearsay
Chapter 8: Admissions, Confessions and Charter Protections Against Self-Incrimination
Chapter 9: Search and Seizure and Section 8 of the Charter
Chapter 10: Other Charter Rights and Remedies
Chapter 11: Gathering and Organizing Evidence
Chapter 12: Some Parting Tips for Investigators, Advocates and Witnesses
Appendix 1: Key Portions of the Canada Evidence Act (sections 1-37.3)
Appendix 2: Excerpts from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Appendix 3: R. v. Lee, R. v. Beaulieu, R. v. Mohammed Case Report Samples
Appendix 4: Glossary of Terms
Index