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Evidence and the Litigation Process

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Format : eBook
No of Pages : 1304
Edition :Fifth Edition
Country :Singapore
Published Date :2015
Compatible with : Desktop iOS Android

Book Description

Highly acclaimed in and out of Singapore since it was first published 24 years ago, this work covers all developments since the fourth edition was published in 2013. The preceding five years witnessed a critical phase in the reform of the law of evidence. The amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code in 2010 and the Evidence Act in 2012 expanded the scope of admissibility of evidence, addressed new advances in technology and introduced more flexible measures in the process of adjudication at trial. Many of these developments (which were examined in the fourth edition of this work) have been analysed by the courts. Apart from the statutory reform, the Judiciary have been busy tackling a variety of difficult issues raised by both statutes. As the law continues to evolve, the purpose of this fifth edition is to update and consolidate the law of evidence as it now stands. 

The book provides a balance between analytical discussion of the principles and the practical application of the law and includes numerous illustrations and practice-related situations for this purpose. It offers the legal profession and students an intensely detailed and integrated portrait of the litigation process (including procedure and advocacy) and is therefore a vital source of reference. The book recognises that this subject is particularly difficult primarily because of the difficulties inherent in the Evidence Act (a significant part of which remains in the state it was enacted in 1893), and the tension between this statute and the constantly developing common law. No effort is spared in tackling these problems and examining all applicable sources of law. This highly successful publication has already sold thousands of copies in the course of the first four editions.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Principles and preliminary issues in the law of evidence
Chapter 2 Facts in issue and relevant facts
Chapter 3 Similar facts
Chapter 4 Hearsay
Chapter 5 Evidence from parties: assertions and related issues
Chapter 6 General exceptions to the hearsay rule
Chapter 7 Judgments
Chapter 8 Opinion evidence
Chapter 9 Character
Chapter 10 Judicial discretion to exclude evidence
Chapter 11 Modes of proof
Chapter 12 Burden and standards of proof
Chapter 13 Corroboration
Chapter 14 Legal professional privilege
Chapter 15 Privilege and immunity
Chapter 16 Foundations
Chapter 17 Selection and organisation of the evidence
Chapter 18 Opening the case
Chapter 19 Evidence-in-chief
Chapter 20 Cross-examination
Chapter 21 Re-examination
Chapter 22 Closing address
Chapter 23 Overview of the trial process

About the Author(s)

Jeffrey D Pinsler LLB (L'pool); LLM (Cantab); LLD (L'pool) is a Professor specialising in civil justice, civil and criminal evidence, procedure and ethics. 


He is an advocate and solicitor, barrister-at-law, Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, a Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre,  a member of the Board of Governors of the Judicial College and also a member of various professional committees of legal and governmental institutions including the Singapore Academy of Law, the Supreme Court and Ministry of Law. 


He has appeared as amicus curiae before the Court of Appeal, and has spoken at, and contributed to, conferences and reform programmes in various countries. He has produced 20 major text books and reference works to date in his capacity as Author and/or Editor in Chief or Consultant Editor, as well as multiple articles. His books and articles are regularly cited by lawyers and frequently relied upon by Judges. 


In 2004, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) for his contributions to learning. In 2008, he was appointed Senior Counsel. 


He is a Senior Professorial Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education. In 2014, he was appointed Geoffrey Bartholomew Professor.