Alberta Litigator's Guide to Evidence, 2nd Edition
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The Second Edition provides instant solutions to common and unfamiliar evidentiary problems that can arise in civil, criminal, family or administrative proceedings. Difficult concepts are simplified for easy understanding and instant use in court. The author takes the common law and the provincial and federal evidence acts to their essentials. This book deals with all areas of the law of evidence and is complete with the latest guidance from the Supreme Court of Canada.
Written by James C. Morton, Past-President of the Ontario Bar Association, and a well-known litigator and lecturer, this book includes full coverage of the Alberta Evidence Act and is fully indexed to the specific sections of the Act, enabling the reader to easily locate a topic not only in the text, but in the Act itself.
Seeking the admissibility of testimony or a document, challenging the credentials of a proposed "expert" witness, or encountering other thorny evidentiary issues in the heat of the action should not require a lengthy adjournment. You simply need a portable and authoritative reference to resolve problems as they arise.
You'll be amazed at how much vital information can be found in such a small package. Stripping the common law and the provincial and federal evidence acts to their essentials, this book manages to be:
- Easy to use - highlights the basic principles and leading cases on particular points
- Practical - offers a recommended pattern of questions and answers for use in direct and cross-examination, and a step-by-step approach for resolving admissibility issues
- Wide ranging - 21 chapters canvass all the major problem areas in evidence, drawing on leading Canadian and Commonwealth decisions
- Portable - its convenient size is ideal for reference in court or in meetings
- Up to date - reflects the latest Supreme Court of Canada decisions
- Reliable - written by a leading litigator who also teaches evidence law
What's New in this Edition?
- Updates on all relevant case law and legislation pertaining to evidence since the previous edition
- Revised commentary on the duties of a defence lawyer, referencing recent Supreme Court of Canada decision, Quebec (Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions) v. Jodoin
- New section on the Voir Dire in General, referencing recent Supreme Court of Canada decision, R v. Jones
- New sections on Adverse Inference from Failure to Call a Witness, Eyewitness Identification, Exclusion of Witnesses, Photographs, Mr. Big Investigations, Demeanor Evidence, Prior Judicial Comment, Alibi, Electronic Documents, Surreptitious Recordings
- Revised commentary on the concept of competence, referencing Supreme Court of Canada Decision, R v. D.A.I
- Updated discussion on hearsay, referencing Supreme Court of Canada decisions: R v Bradshaw and R v Baldree
- Revised commentary on self-incrimination, referencing Supreme Court of Canada decision, R v Prokofiew
- Revised discussion on the two-stage test for the admission of expert evidence, referencing Supreme Court of Canada decision, White Burgess Langille Inman v Abbott and Haliburton Co
- Commentary on the potential for prejudice due to admission of bad character, referencing Supreme Court of Canada decision, R v Hart
- Added commentary on corroboration and the Vetrovec warning
- Updated commentary on the evidentiary rules in family proceedings, explaining the courts disproval of a more lax approach
Of interest to
- Litigators - Serves as a quick reference source, either in the courtroom or in the office, for lawyers to find out the latest developments in the law of evidence
- Law students and law professors - This book can be used in any course teaching the law of evidence
- Judges and judicial officers - When an instant ruling needs to be made on the admissibility of evidence, judges can turn to this guidebook
- Paralegals – As a straightforward text on the nuts and bolts of evidence this text is perfect for the busy paralegal needing immediate and correct answers to evidentiary questions
- Law clerks - Written in practical language, this book allows law clerks quickly to know the basic rules of evidence
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Fundamental Principles
Chapter 2: The Justice System
Chapter 3: Appeals and Evidentiary Review
Chapter 4: Onus, Burden and Presumption
Chapter 5: Testimonial Evidence
Chapter 6: Examining Witnesses
Chapter 7: Hearsay
Chapter 8: Exemptions to the Hearsay Rule
Chapter 9: Exclusion of Otherwise Relevant Evidence
Chapter 10: Confessions
Chapter 11: Evidence Obtained Illegally
Chapter 12: The Exclusion Remedy Generally
Chapter 13: Protection of Confidential Relations
Chapter 14: Opinion Evidence
Chapter 15: Evidence of Character
Chapter 16: Similar Fact Evidence and Credibility
Chapter 17: Credibility
Chapter 18: The Best Evidence Rule
Chapter 19: Family Law
Chapter 20: Administrative Proceedings
Chapter 21: Forensic Evidence
Appendix II: Alberta Evidence Act