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A philosophy of evidence law : justice in the search for truth

Author: H L Ho
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Series: Oxford monographs on criminal law and criminal justice.
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"The dominant approach to evaluating the law on evidence and proof focuses on how the trial system should be structured to guard against error. This book argues instead that complex and intertwining moral and epistemic considerations come into view when departing from the standpoint of a detached observer and taking the perspective of the person responsible for making findings of fact." "Ho contends that it is only  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H L Ho
ISBN: 0199228302 9780199228300
OCLC Number: 180753628
Description: xiv, 347 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Fact-finding --
Truth, justice, and justification --
Epistemology of legal fact-finding --
Standard of proof --
Hearsay --
Similar fact evidence.
Series Title: Oxford monographs on criminal law and criminal justice.
Responsibility: H.L. Ho.
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This book examines the legal and moral theory behind the law of evidence and proof, arguing that only by exploring the nature of responsibility in fact-finding can the role and purpose of much of the  Read more...

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