This document answers the following two questions based on UK law:
Q1. Critically discuss whether the law governing expert and opinion evidence ensures that juries are presented with reliable evidence from professional witnesses.
Q2. “The provisions on bad character evidence introduced by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 merely ensure that the ‘usual suspects’ are at greater risk of conviction, and do little to serve the interests of justice”. Critically evaluate the extent to which this statement is accurate.
This high quality past paper will help you learn more about what UK law says about professional evidence and its reliability. It will also help you learn about the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 touching on bad character evidence. Here is a preview of the paper.