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NCJ Number: 158054 Find in a Library
Title: New Rules of Evidence (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 251-267, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. - - See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): J Smith
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Pergamon Press Limited
Oxford, OX3 0BW, England
Sale Source: Pergamon Press Limited
Headington Hill Hall
Oxford, OX3 0BW,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Evidence provisions in England's Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 are primarily based on the Eleventh Report of the Criminal Law Revision Committee.
Abstract: The act reforms certain rules of evidence, particularly the hearsay rule and rules related to documents and records, evidence admissibility, and witness impeachment. One section of the act specifically deals with computer records and provides guidance on the weight to be given to computer statements and information. The act provides for the proof of convictions and acquittals by certificate, regulates the admissibility of confessions, and gives courts the discretion to exclude unfair evidence. In addition, the act deals with the competence and compellability of an accused person's spouse when testifying in court and abolishes certain rules of privilege.
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Computer evidence; Confessions; Court procedures; Court reform; England; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign judicial systems; Foreign laws; Hearsay evidence; Marital privilege; Rules of evidence; Trial procedures; Witness credibility; Witness impeachment; World criminology
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