The second edition of this successful textbook offers a searching examination of the central principles of the law of evidence. The reader is introduced to evidence theory and the exposition and analysis of the law is placed within a wider context, with systematic references made to secondary literature. The work is divided into four main parts: Understanding Evidence deals with the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the law of evidence. Obtaining Evidence deals with evidential issues arising out of pre-trial events. Adducing Evidence covers the rules of proof at contested trials. Using Evidence concerns the exclusionary rules of the law of evidence. Evidence is a fast-moving subject, and this work brings the student fully up-to-date with the many significant recent developments in the area. The second edition includes full consideration of the numerous changes to the law of evidence made by the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999. The implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the rapidly growing case law on evidence and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights are analysed in detail.