Chapter

Examination in Chief

Richard Glover

in Murphy on Evidence

Edition 14

Published on behalf of © Richard Glover 2015

Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9780198733331
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803857 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/he/9780198733331.003.0016
Examination in Chief

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Examination in chief is the process whereby a party, who has called a witness to give evidence on his behalf, elicits from that witness evidence relevant to the issues and favourable to the examiner's case. This chapter discusses the following: the nature and conduct of examination in chief; memory-refreshing by the witness; previous consistent statements; identification evidence; the Turnbull Guidelines on identification; unfavourable and hostile witnesses; and presentation of evidence by non-traditional means. The courts make increasing use of 'special measures' to assist witnesses in giving evidence, for example, through the use of intermediaries, live links and Achieving Best Evidence interviews.

Keywords: memory-refreshing; previous consistent statements; identification; Turnbull; special measures; intermediaries; live links; Achieving Best Evidence interviews

Chapter.  28444 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Evidence Law

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