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(p. 359) 19. Character Evidence and the Accused as a Witness at Trial 

(p. 359) 19. Character Evidence and the Accused as a Witness at Trial
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(p. 359) 19. Character Evidence and the Accused as a Witness at Trial
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Martin Hannibal

and Lisa Mountford

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10.1093/he/9780198858423.003.0019
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date: 03 December 2020

This chapter examines the evidential rules that apply to the defendant at trial. These include the defendant’s competence and compellability; the course of the defendant’s evidence; drawing an adverse inference under s. 35 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 from the defendant’s silence at trial; the admissibility of a defendant’s past bad character; admissibility of defendant’s good character; and arguments for and against the defendant giving evidence.

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