This book provides students with a rich, up-to-date and comprehensive selection of materials on the law of evidence, supported by an explanatory text providing expert critical commentary. Students taking courses in evidence and related subjects will find a thorough and stimulating examination of the principles of the law of evidence, compiled and written by a leading authority on the subject. Evidence: text and materials brings together in accessible form a wide range of materials from a number of jurisdictions - cases, statutes and other statutory material as well as extracts from periodicals and other literature reflecting the views of individuals and organisations concerned with the law of evidence. The accompanying commentary is designed not only to provide the necessary explanatory context but also to help students engage with the documents themselves. A particular focus is on the policies underlying the law, and on the issue of reform.