Law of Evidence
Summative Assessment (Course work) 2015/16 (topic)
To balance the right of the accused to question his accuser, and the right of the complainant of any sexual assault not to be harassed and discredited, a fine line must be drawn to restrict the sort of questions that the defence may ask the complainant in sexual assault proceedings.
Critically assess the extent to which s. 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 addresses the problems faced by victims of sexual offences and defendants, in relation to evidence that may or may not be adduced in a trial.
What improvements would you like to introduce to the law governing the admissibility of sexual history evidence.
-case list, footnotes, bibliography needed
Neil Kibble, ‘Judicial Discretion and the Admissibility of Prior Sexual History Evidence under Section 41 of the YJCEA 1999: Sometimes sticking to Your Guns Means Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Part 2’
 Crim LR.
Ian Dennis, Sexual History Evidence: Evaluating Section 41’.
 Crim. LR
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