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Evidence (10th edn)

Roderick Munday
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date: 25 September 2022

p. 3168. The opinion rule and the presentation of expert evidencelocked

p. 3168. The opinion rule and the presentation of expert evidencelocked

  • Roderick MundayRoderick MundayBencher of Lincoln’s Inn Fellow Emeritus of Peterhouse, Cambridge Reader Emeritus in Law, University of Cambridge

Abstract

Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. The ‘opinion rule’ is one of the major exclusionary rules of the law of evidence. This chapter discusses the following: the general rule excluding evidence of opinion; four exceptions to the opinion rule born of necessity; the principal exception to the opinion rule: expert opinion; the presentation of DNA evidence; and the use of the Bayes’ theorem and instructing the jury in mathematical probabilities.

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