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The admissibility and evaluation of scientific evidence in court

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dc.contributor.advisor Terblanche, S. S. (Stephanus Salomon), 1959- Faurie, Annari 2015-01-23T04:24:41Z 2015-01-23T04:24:41Z 2000-11
dc.identifier.citation Faurie, Annari (2000) The admissibility and evaluation of scientific evidence in court, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Increasing use is being made of various types of scientific evidence in court. The general requirement for the admissibility of such evidence is relevance. Although expert evidence is considered to be opinion evidence, it is admissible if it can assist the court to decide a fact in issue; provided that it is also reliable. In South Africa, the initial wide judicial discretion to either admit or exclude unconstitutionally obtained evidence, has developed into a more narrowly defined discretion under the final Constitution. Examples of scientific evidence, namely, DNA evidence, fingerprints, psychiatric evidence, bite-mark evidence and polygraph evidence are considered and problems inherent in the presentation of such evidence in courts in various jurisdictions are highlighted. An investigation of the presentation and evaluation of evidence in both the accusatorial and inquisitorial systems seems to indicate that the adversarial procedure has a marked influence on the evaluation of evidence en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (130 leaves)
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Scientific evidence en
dc.subject Admissibility en
dc.subject Expert witness en
dc.subject Relevance en
dc.subject Unconstitutionally obtained evidence en
dc.subject DNA profiling en
dc.subject Fingerprint evidence en
dc.subject Polygraph tests en
dc.subject Psychiatric evidence en
dc.subject Bite marks en
dc.subject Accusatorial and inquisitorial systems of criminal procedure en
dc.subject.ddc 345.62068 en
dc.subject.lcsh Evidence (Law) -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Admissible evidence -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Judicial discretion -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal procedure -- South Africa. en
dc.subject.lcsh Constitutional law -- South Africa. en
dc.title The admissibility and evaluation of scientific evidence in court en
dc.type Dissertation
dc.description.department Criminal and Procedural Law LL.M. (Law)

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