Criminal Evidence in Nigeria


The book contains twelve chapters. Chapter one on the admissibility of evidence deals with the nature of evidence which can prove the existence or non-existence of facts including hearsay and improperly obtained evidence. Chapter two on the burden of proof deals with the responsibility to produce evidence to prove facts. Chapter three on witnesses and chapter four on the corroboration of witnesses both deal with the persons who can present evidence, the restrictions on the presentation of evidence. Chapter five, deals with the trial rights of defendants and the defence alternatives. Chapter six, deals with the exclusion of confessions on the grounds of oppression or unreliablity. Chapter seven is about the admissibility of evidence of visual identification and identification parades.

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Chapter eight, is about proof of offences by circumstantial evidence. Chapter nine, deals with the uses and admissibility of expert opinion. Chapter ten on exhibits deals with the production and admissibility of documents and computer generated evidence. Chapter eleven, is about evaluation of evidence and the role of trial judges. Finally, chapter twelve on appeals deals with the attitude of appellate courts to the findings of trial courts and the wrongful admissibility of evidence.


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