Murphy on Evidence first appeared in 1980 under the name A Practical Approach to Evidence, and its success in providing a readable and practical guide to the subject has been widely acknowledged, not only by law teachers and students, but also by the profession. The book is now firmly established as a leading text for use on law degree courses and in preparation for professional examinations, and is frequently consulted by judges and practitioners. It has come to be regarded as a work of authority throughout the common law world. The eighth edition has been fully revised and updated to deal with the many significant changes that have taken place since the publication of the last edition in 2000. With the Human Rights Act 1998 in force, the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on the law of evidence has become very marked, and this book offers full coverage of the most important decisions of both the English courts and the European Court of Human Rights.
Among the landmark ECHR-related cases analysed are: Loosely (entrapment); Lambert (when burden of proof may be held to lie on defendant); Z (evidence of other offences of which the defendant was previously acquitted); R (Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd v. Special Commissioner of Income Tax (fundamental nature of legal professional privilege); Hertfordshire; CC, ex parte Green Environmental Industries Ltd (statutory requirements to answer questions) and John v. Express Newspapers plc (extent of journalistic privilege). It has also been revised to provide more procedural material and to delineate more clearly the civil and criminal provisions. As in previous editions, the author's teaching method is centred on a realistic, though fictitious criminal case and civil case, which provide teachers and students alike with a searching method of testing their understanding of the law.