CURRENT ISSUES IN THE LAW OF EVIDENCE -- Edited by Keith Thompson

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ISBN:9781922449702

CURRENT ISSUES IN THE LAW OF EVIDENCE

A. KEITH THOMPSON (Editor)

A Shepherd Street Press Book

Shepherd Street Press is an imprint of Connor Court Publishing and The School of Law, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broadway.

Contributions from: Anthony Westenberg, John Finnis, A. Keith Thompson and Mark Bonanno

Paperback, 130 pages, $29.95

ISBN: 9781922449702

The law of evidence is the software the legal system uses to work out who is innocent and who is guilty. This body of law was developed after the 1550s when Queen Mary of England first established prosecutors to accuse those she suspected of assassinating her Catholic officers because England’s Protestant juries would not perform that unpopular function. Queen Mary’s expedient decision enabled English judges to hear and control the evidence that English juries considered when making their convict/acquit decisions for the first time. That control subsequently diluted the jury’s independence and its democratic reputation as the bulwark of liberty.

Should jury independence be restored or should the jury be abolished because judges are better trained and therefore better immunised against the drumbeat of external public opinion in social media? And ism the parliamentary removal of self-incrimination and other libertarian privileges established by judicial and jury interaction after Queen Mary, destined to dilute even the confidentiality we expect when we talk to our lawyers? This short four chapter book exposes some of the assumptions that we unjustifiably make about the virtues of our justice system.

Chapters Include

1 Client Legal Privilege and the Need for a Rationale -- Anthony Westenberg
2 Where the Pell Judgment Went Fatally Wrong -- John Finnis
3 The jury in its historical perspective -- A. Keith Thompson
4 Should the jury be abolished in light of the High Court decision in the Pell case?  -- Mark Bonanno


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