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(p. 304) 16. Witness Evidence 

(p. 304) 16. Witness Evidence
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(p. 304) 16. Witness Evidence
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Martin Hannibal

and Lisa Mountford

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198858423.003.0016
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date: 03 December 2020

This chapter explains the law, procedure, and the practical issues associated with witness evidence. It considers the circumstances in which a witness can refresh his memory from an earlier written statement; the test to decide a witness’ competence to give evidence; the compellability of a witness; the assistance available to ‘vulnerable’ or ‘intimidated’ witnesses to give evidence under a special measures direction; a witness taking the oath or affirming; the rules associated with examination-in-chief; and the rules associated with cross-examination including admission of non-defendant bad character and re-examination.

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