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Roberts & Zuckerman’s Criminal Evidence – Third Edition


Author: Paul Roberts
Publication date: August 2022
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages: 824
ISBN: 9780198824497

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Roberts and Zuckerman’s Criminal Evidence is the eagerly-anticipated third of edition of the market-leading text on criminal evidence, fully revised to take account of developments in legislation, case-law, policy debates, and academic commentary during the decade since the previous edition was published.

With an explicit focus on the rules and principles of criminal trial procedure, Roberts and Zuckerman’s Criminal Evidence develops a coherent account of evidence law which is doctrinally detailed, securely grounded in a normative theoretical framework, and sensitive to the institutional and socio-legal factors shaping criminal litigation in practice. The book is designed to be accessible to the beginner, informative to the criminal court judge or legal practitioner, and thought-provoking to the advanced student and scholar: a textbook and monograph rolled into one.

The book also provides an ideal disciplinary map and work of reference to introduce non-lawyers (including forensic scientists and other expert witnesses) to the foundational assumptions and technical intricacies of criminal trial procedure in England and Wales, and will be an invaluable resource for courts, lawyers and scholars in other jurisdictions seeking comparative insight and understanding of evidentiary regulation in the common law tradition.


  • A highly original contribution to evidence scholarship providing authoritative commentary on the fundamental principles and underlying logic of the law of criminal evidence
  • Engages with the broader jurisprudential, moral, and political significance of detailed rules of evidence, encouraging a deeper and more holistic understanding of the subject
  • Identifies and elucidates coherent foundations of principle for particular evidentiary doctrines including fair trial, the presumption of innocence, the privilege against self-incrimination, hearsay, and bad character
  • Considers the forensic applications of inductive logic, narrative and probability
  • Fully integrated coverage of the European Convention on Human Rights and post-Human Rights Act developments to date, alongside relevant jurisprudence from the USA, Australia, Canada and other commonwealth jurisdictions
  • First edition quickly established itself as a leading evidence text throughout the common law world. It was widely and favourably reviewed and has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada

New to this Edition:

  • The third edition of this critically acclaimed work has been comprehensively revised, to keep each chapter to a manageable length and to enhance the book’s thematic approach
  • Fully updated to account for all major doctrinal developments since the second edition, including new cases on torture evidence, reverse onus clauses, confrontation, hearsay, previous sexual history and bad character


1:Principles of Criminal Evidence
2:Procedural Framework of Adversarial Jury Trial
3:Admissible Evidence
4:Fact-finding and Proof
5:Fair Trial
6:Burdens of Proof and the Presumption of Innocence
7:Witness Testimony and the Principle of Orality
8:Criminal Trial Procedure: Examination-in-chief and Cross-examination
10:Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses
11:Expert Evidence
13:The Accused’s Privilege Against Self-incrimination
14:The Accused’s Character and Extraneous Misconduct
15:Corroboration and Forensic Reasoning Rules
16:Criminal Evidence – Retrospective and Prospects