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Murphy on Evidence

Murphy on Evidence (15th edn)

Richard Glover
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date: 30 November 2023

p. 2779. Corroboration and suspect witness warningslocked

p. 2779. Corroboration and suspect witness warningslocked

  • Richard GloverRichard GloverSenior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Wolverhampton


This chapter discusses the corroboration rule and the practice of suspect witness warnings. It covers the meaning and function of corroboration; the fact that there is no general requirement for corroboration at common law and that a conviction or judgment may be based on the evidence of a single witness; where corroboration is required as a matter of law; the abolition of the rule of practice requiring the judge to direct the jury to exercise caution before convicting in the absence of corroboration; the development of suspect witness warnings; cases in which a suspect witness warning is required; and suspect witness warnings and confirming evidence.

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