The Law of Judicial Notice

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Every working day, courts and other tribunals take judicial notice of certain matters, accepting specified facts without considering supporting evidence to prove their reliability. This makes judicial notice the very texture of legal reasoning and a conceptual dynamite efficient for extracting diamonds of truth but lethal if employed incautiously. In The Law of Judicial Notice, Jeffrey Miller surveys the development of doctrines from the middle ages to the present day, clarifying step-by-step the often academicized ambiguities, and suggesting a more coherent approach and terminology.

"The history and theory of judicial notice provide unusual insights into the judicial process and professor Miller, in collecting and analysing all of the relevant materials and issues, has taken full advantage of the intrinsic fascination of the subject matter. There are broad discussions for the scholarly and numerous case citations on practical points for practitioners. The book is both learned and readable and deserves a welcome in any law library."
Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C.

"The book is important because it fills a longstanding gap in the existing literature. Previously, the subject of judicial notice was only addressed in passing in the various evidence law texts (and Halsburys title on Evidence). This is the first standalone Canadian title on the subject, of which I am aware. As the Honourable Ian Binnie writes in his foreword to the book, "the book is both learned and readable and deserves a welcome in any law library. I concur."
Melanie R. Bueckert, Legal Research Counsel, Manitoba Court of Appeal, 2018 Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit, Volume/Tome 43, No. 2.


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