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The Law of Evidence in Victorian England

The Law of Evidence in Victorian England

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Part of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521584180

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About the Authors
  • In The Law of Evidence in Victorian England, Christopher Allen provides a fascinating account of the political, social and intellectual influences on the development of evidence law during the Victorian period. His book convincingly challenges the traditional view of the significance of Bentham's critique of the state of contemporary evidence law, and describes instead the extent to which ongoing common law developments had already anticipated many of the improvements for which Bentham has usually been credited as the instigator.

    • Fundamental evaluation of the role of Bentham in Victorian legal reform
    • Wide-ranging survey of Victorian evidence law
    • Detailed, scholarly account of a controversial area in the history of English evidence law
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    "[Allen's] analysis of the arguments put forward in Parliament for and against the various bills and his description of how principled support or opposition for reform combined with practical legislative politics are interesting and well-executed. Allen provides an able and enlightening contribution to an under-researched area, and his book should certainly be of interest to those concerned with the history of the law of evidence, as well as to...Victorian legislative processes." Jennifer L. Mnookin, Law & History Review

    "Combining social, intellectual, and political factors and using a variety of theories of legal history, Allen has written an interesting story...a story not available elsewhere." Allen Horstman, American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521584180
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Common law developments
    3. Incompetency from defect of religious principle
    4. Incompetency from infamy and interest
    5. The incompetency of the accused
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    C. J. W. Allen, Inns of Court School of Law

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