Evidence and Investigation: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom

 
Evidence and Investigation: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom
Author(s):
 
ISBN:
978-1-55239-377-2
 
Publisher:
Emond Montgomery Publications
 
Page Count:
464
 
Status:
Available
 
Copyright Date:
2012
 
Subjects:
Criminal Investigation; Evidence; Policing/Law and Security
 
 
 
 
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With an author team consisting of a police investigator, an experienced criminal defence lawyer, and a forensic scientist (all teaching in their fields), Evidence and Investigation: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom describes the factors that make evidence valuable in the courtroom and points to the common pitfalls that can weaken an otherwise promising investigation. This text also explores the many uses of forensic science in an investigation, with high-profile examples such as the Russell Williams case and the Shafia family case.

The book is divided into three parts that introduces readers to the legal considerations and best practices in collecting evidence at the crime scene and throughout an investigation, and presenting it in a courtroom. Part I provides a working knowledge of the law of evidence, explaining the basics of a criminal trial, types of evidence, and the rules governing admissibility.

Part II includes a description of the current law governing search and seizure activities and the requirements for Charter-compliant searches. The importance of continuity and the collection of evidence free of taint is underscored, as is the importance of accurate record-keeping. The authors outline the most current information on digital evidence, DNA evidence, crime labs, death investigations, and the forensic sciences. The rules and techniques that apply to conducting interviews with both witness and suspects are clearly set out.

Part III returns to the courtroom, focusing on cross-examination and providing prospective officers with an understanding of this often-gruelling and little-understood stage of a trial. This part provides a wealth of advice on how to function professionally in the witness box and give evidence fully, fairly, and firmly.

For instructors, this text comes with a comprehensive Instructor's Guide, PowerPoint presentations, and a test bank.

  • Covers crime scene investigation and management, with descriptions of the individuals involved and their roles
  • Describes stages and players in a criminal trial
  • Provides the basics of evidence law
  • Outlines oral evidence and witnesses, physical evidence, and documentary evidence
  • Discusses principles of admissibility and exclusionary rules
  • Includes a chapter on the current and rapidly evolving area of digital evidence, outlining best practices
  • Discusses current law governing search incident to arrest where electronic devices are concerned
  • Outlines key areas of forensic science critical to investigations: bio/DNA, forensic chemistry and toxicology, tool marks and firearms, and questioned documents
  • Covers the law governing police interviews of suspects, accused, and witnesses, and discusses interviewing techniques
  • Provides up-to-date information on the latest in DNA technology
  • Examines the role of a police witness in a criminal trial, and discusses techniques used by the defence in a prosecution to discredit a witness, and how to respond effectively as a police witness
  • Includes key terms, a glossary, an index, summary charts and tables, lists of further reading, and end-of-chapter questions to test students' understanding of key material

Part I: The Law of Evidence

  • Chapter 1: Proof
  • Chapter 2: Evidence in the Courtroom
  • Chapter 3: Principles of Admissibility
  • Chapter 4: Exclusionary Rules I
  • Chapter 5: Exclusionary Rules II

Part II: Working with Evidence

  • Chapter 6: Legal Aspects of Search and Seizure
  • Chapter 7: Crime Scene Investigation and Management
  • Chapter 8: Pattern Evidence and Collision Reconstruction
  • Chapter 9: Digital Evidence
  • Chapter 10: Crime Labs and the Role of Science in Investigations
  • Chapter 11: Death Investigation
  • Chapter 12: Forensic Biology and DNA
  • Chapter 13: Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Toxicology
  • Chapter 14: The Analysis of Tool Marks and Firearms
  • Chapter 15: Questioned Documents
  • Chapter 16: Interviewing Rules
  • Chapter 17: Interviewing Techniques

Part III: Giving Evidence

  • Chapter 18: The Duty of Disclosure
  • Chapter 19: Testifying
  • Chapter 20: Evidence, Error, and Justice

Glossary

References

Index

For instructors who are moving to Evidence and Investigation: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom from Pearson Canada's Criminal Investigation: In Search of the Truth, 2nd Edition, this Transition Guide will ensure a smooth and simple transition.

  • Instructor's Guide
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Test Bank (Instructor and Student Versions)

For free instructor resources, contact instructor support.

 
 
 
 
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