Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice
  1. Advocacy Forum
  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum
  3. Civil Litigation Forum
  4. Criminal Litigation Forum
  5. Evidence and Proof Forum
  6. Legal Education Forum
  7. Legal Ethics Forum
  8. Events
    1. Projects and activities
Legal Professional Practice

Evidence and Proof Forum

The Evidence and Proof Forum was founded with the intention of promoting research, scholarship and education in the fields of Evidence and Proof within both criminal and civil jurisdictions. The Forum works in cooperation with professional and academic lawyers as well as those from relevant non-legal disciplines. It also supports the development of PhD and LLM activity relating to Evidence and Proof.

'Evidence and Proof' covers such subjects as the process of proof, accuracy in fact-determination, probability theory, adversarial, inquisitorial and alternative dispute resolution processes, pre-trial, trial and post-trial procedure, advocacy, the roles of judges, magistrates, jurors and witnesses, including expert witnesses, and the use of 'special advocates' in relation to secret evidence. It also covers non-legal disciplines that have a bearing on Evidence and Proof, including, for example, psychology and the forensic sciences.

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Forum Convenor

Paul McKeown is the Convener of the Evidence and Proof Forum. He teaches Evidence, Criminal Advocacy and Advanced Criminal Litigation on the bar course, and also teaches Evidence on academic postgraduate programmes.

Forum staff and members

Useful resources

  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Research material, including resources for victims and witnesses and Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Reports.
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • The European Convention on Human Rights, ECHR case-law (using the link to HUDOC, a searchable database) and news on forthcoming and recent judgements.
  • Judicial College
  • A range of publications relating to judicial training, including key reference material such as the Crown Court Bench Book: a point of reference for a judge preparing to direct the jury in a Crown Court trial.
  • Judicial Committee of The Privy Council
  • Judgments of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
  • Law Commission
  • Law Commission Reports and Consultations.
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Latest news and publications on new legislation, policy issues, research, statistics relating to the operation of the criminal and civil justice systems and previews of changes to the Civil Procedure Rules and the Criminal Procedure Rules.
  • The Modern Law of Evidence
  • Office of Public Sector Information
  • Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments and Explanatory Notes. Legislation is available both as enacted and as amended.
  • Official Documents
  • Command and House of Commons Papers
  • Parliament
  • Bills and draft Bills before Parliament and Hansard, the edited verbatim reports of proceedings in both Houses.
  • Supreme Court
  • Judgements given by the Supreme Court.