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Murphy on Evidence – Fifteenth Edition


Author: Richard Glover
Publication date: May 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages: 814
ISBN: 9780198788737

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Murphy on Evidence is firmly established as a leading student text, framing the law of evidence in its practical context, suitable for undergraduates as well as those studying for professional law exams. Frequently consulted by judges and practitioners, and regularly cited in judgments, it has come to be regarded as a work of authority throughout the common law world. The book’s unique approach effectively bridges the gap between the academic study of the law of evidence and its application in practice, combining detailed analysis of the law with a wealth of practical information about how it is used in the courtroom.

The text is accompanied by two well-crafted fictional cases – one criminal and one civil – allowing students an opportunity to contextualize and test their growing knowledge. Each chapter presents challenging issues and questions for discussion which can be applied to a suite of supporting case documentation


  • Written by a former criminal practitioner with continuing strong links with the legal profession, the book effectively bridges the gap between theory and practice, ensuring that students gain a fully rounded understanding of the subject and appreciate how the law is applied in criminal and civil cases
  • An authoritative reference in the common law world, the text is regularly cited in judgments and by law reform groups
  • Two fictional case studies with a wealth of accompanying case documentation allow students to apply their growing knowledge
  • Thought-provoking questions for discussion at the end of each chapter encourage a critical, problem-based approach to the subject

New to this Edition:

  • The table of contents has been restructured to present a more narrative approach to the law as it would be encountered in a live case
  • Analysis of the latest case law developments, with over 200 new appellate decisions referred to and discussed since the last edition, including: Rizan v Hayes [2016], Chief Constable of Lancashire v Wilson [2015] (on the burden and standard of proof); Hunter [2015] (on good character directions); Sullivan [2015], Prospere [2016], Mitchell [2016], Stewart [2016], Awoyemi [2016], Lunkulu [2015], Umair [2016], Muhedeen [2016], Hussain [2015] (on bad character evidence); Beghal v DPP [2016], Brown [2016], Property Alliance Group v The Royal Bank of Scotland [2016], RE v United Kingdom (2016) (on privilege); Wright v R [2016]; O’Donnell v United Kingdom (2015) (on remaining silent at court); Re R (Children) [2015], Bala [2016] (on competence and compellability)
  • Discussion of new legislation and procedure rules, including: Serious Crime Act 2015; The Modern Slavery Act 2015; The Criminal Procedure Rules 2015


1:Introduction to the law of evidence
2:The language of the law of evidence
3:The judicial function in the law of evidence
4:The burden and standard of proof
5:Proof without evidence
6:Witnesses: competence and compellability; oaths and affirmations
8:Cross-examination and beyond
9:Corroboration and suspect witness warnings
10:The rule against hearsay I: Scope and working of the rule
11:The rule against hearsay II: Common law and statutory exceptions
12:The rule against hearsay III: Admissions and confessions
13:The rule against hearsay IV: The accused’s denials and silence
14:Character evidence I: Character evidence generally; in civil cases; evidence of good character
15:Character evidence II: Evidence of bad character
16:Previous judgments as evidence
17:Opinion evidence
18:Public interest immunity and privilege I: Public interest immunity
19:Public interest immunity and privilege II: Privilege