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dc.contributor.authorGlover, Richard
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-07T16:22:24Z
dc.date.available2020-02-07T16:22:24Z
dc.date.issued2020-09-04
dc.identifier.citationGlover, R. (2020) The good character backstop: directions, defeasibility and frameworks of fairness, Legal Studies, 40 (4), pp. 675-693 DOI: 10.1017/lst.2020.29en
dc.identifier.issn0261-3875en
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/lst.2020.29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/623055
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the law on good character evidence in criminal trials through a discussion of the important but under-analysed case of Hunter, in which a five-judge Court of Appeal sought to clarify the law on good character directions to the jury. However, it is argued here that the judgment conflicts with the leading House of Lords decision in Aziz. The paper considers how the court misinterpreted the law and, in particular, the defeasible nature of the rule in Aziz and the impact of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. As a result, the circumstances in which a good character direction will be provided have diminished significantly. It is argued that this has important implications for the right to a fair trial, as good character directions act as a ‘backstop’ against miscarriages of justice. They also form a vital part of the ‘framework of fairness’ considered necessary, in lieu of reasoned jury verdicts, by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Taxquet v Belgium. Accordingly, it is contended that Aziz rather than Hunter should be followed so that, where there is evidence of good character, a direction is normally provided as a matter of law.en
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dc.languageEnglsih
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/legal-studiesen
dc.subjectcriminal justiceen
dc.subjectevidence lawen
dc.subjectgood characteren
dc.subjectjury directionsen
dc.subjectdefeasibleen
dc.subjectTaxqueten
dc.titleThe good character backstop: directions, defeasibility and frameworks of fairnessen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.journalLegal Studiesen
dc.date.updated2020-02-06T14:07:59Z
dc.date.accepted2020-02-02
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Wolverhamptonen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUOW07022020RGen
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-02-07en
dc.source.volume40
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage675
dc.source.endpage693
refterms.dateFCD2020-02-07T16:21:24Z
refterms.versionFCDAM
refterms.dateFOA2020-02-07T16:22:25Z


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