The book is designed for those seeking clarification of the law of evidence, mainly criminal but also civil. The book sets out to aid understanding, and explains clearly what are frequently very technical rules. Emphasis is placed on detailed consideration of the most important cases. Principles of Evidence presents a clear and detailed account of the key areas of the law of evidence. Its focus is on those topics which have particular contemporary relevance, such as confessions, hearsay, similar facts, character evidence, identification evidence and the course of testimony. The book highlights recent developments in all areas, and its emphasis is on the practical application of the rules. The book is primarily for law undergraduates, but is also relevant to those attending the Bar Vocational Course and Solicitors Legal Practice Course, as well as those who feel they would benefit from a broad understanding of the basic principles.