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Silence, Confessions and Improperly Obtained Evidence : Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law & Criminal Justice - Peter Mirfield

Silence, Confessions and Improperly Obtained Evidence

Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law & Criminal Justice

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1997
ISBN: 9780198262695
Number Of Pages: 424

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This important new book examines in some detail the law relating to confessions, unlawful evidence, and the "right to silence" in the police station. Peter Mirfield also looks closely at the principles behind this branch of the law. In addition to his thorough examination of the English position, he considers several alternative approaches--namely, those taken by Scottish, Irish, Australian, Canadian, and American legal systems. There is no other book written in English that affords such a systematic treatment on this subject.

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"an authoritative account of the modern law relating to the admissibility of confession evidence...Peter Mirfield as produced a masterly account that will become an essential resource book for any serious student of this area of the law...The book is extremely well written and will appeal to both practitioners and academics. All in all this book is a major achievement and will soon be cited heavily in courts and will soon be cited heavily in courts and classrooms alike." Mirfield's scholarship cannot be faulted. The book is also nicely written. The question of how far the criminal courts should admit and act on illegally or irregularly obtained evidence is one of immense practical importance, and one which causes acute difficulty in every legal system in the civilised world. Every lawyer who is interested in it will profit by reading Mirfield's analysis./ J. R. Spencer, The Cambridge Law Journal/ 1998.

1: Introduction 2: The Principles Behind Exclusion 3: Procedural Issues and Exclusion 4: Confessions -- Preliminary Issues 5: Confessions -- The Exclusionary Rule 6: Discretionary Exclusion of Confessions and Other Evidence -- General Principles 7: Discretionary Exclusion of Confessions and other Evidence -- Specific Cases 8: Confessions: Ancillary Issues under the Exclusionary Rule and Discretion 9: Compelled Self-incrimination and Incriminating Silence 10: Vulnerable Suspects 11: The Relevance of the European Convention on Human Rights 12: Alternative Approaches

ISBN: 9780198262695
ISBN-10: 0198262698
Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law & Criminal Justice
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st November 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.41  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.76