Australian Evidence: A Principled Approach to the Common Law and Uniform Acts, 6th edition
OverviewThis comprehensive book provides a clear explanation of the operative rules of evidence in all Australian jurisdictions by reference to their underlying and unifying evidential principles, providing the necessary framework to understand and address evidential issues. The common law evolved an adversarial process with the aim of rational and accurate proof of facts, reflecting a liberal notion of justice whereby parties initiate and pursue proceedings before independent judges and jurors. In criminal trials this process demands that the state establish its accusations beyond reasonable doubt without assistance from the accused. The authors explain how this process provides the fundamental rationale for evidential rules both at common law and under the uniform evidence legislation (UEL), and identify where evidential rules protect values extraneous to this process.