The Portable Guide to Evidence, 5th Edition

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A comprehensive review on the law of evidence

The development of the modern, principled approach to the law of evidence by the Supreme Court of Canada did not make evidentiary disputes any less contentious.  The Court continues to hand down new evidence law decisions, so that lawyers and decision makers have to scramble to keep up to date on the current state of the law and to ensure that they are citing the latest appellate jurisprudence. Compact and easily referenced, The Portable Guide to Evidence, 5th edition by seasoned litigator Michael P. Doherty uses excerpts from Canadian court decisions to provide a comprehensive review of the law of evidence. Offering a quick refresher when evidentiary arguments arise unexpectedly, together with compelling authority for use in argument, this book is an indispensable tool for litigation counsel and a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in this evolving area of law.

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Noteworthy features in the 5th edition include :


  • New references to the latest Supreme Court of Canada decisions, including:  Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. University of Calgary; Benhaim v. St-Germain;  Brine v. Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services; Canada (National Revenue) v. Thompson; Commission scolaire de Laval v. Syndicat de l’enseignement de la région de Laval; Ernst v. Alberta Energy Regulator; Guindon v. Canada; Imperial Oil v. Jacques; Lizotte v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada; Nelson (City) v. Mowatt; R. v. Alex; R. v. Araya; R. v. Bingley; R. v. Bradshaw; R. v. Delchev; R. v. Grant; R. v. K.R.J.; R. v. Lacasse; R. v. Paterson; R. v. Saeed; R. v. Seruhungo; R. v. Simpson; R. v. St-Cloud; R. v. Villaroman; Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp; Tervita Corp. v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition); and White Burgess Langille Inman v. Abbott and Haliburton Co.
  • Expanded discussion on such topics as when an answer to a cross-examination question does not constitute evidence, circumstantial evidence, judicial notice, admissions, corroborative evidence, business records, drug recognition experts, foundation for expert opinions, confessions, the best evidence rule, the parol evidence rule, and solicitor-client privilege.
  • Practical, easy-to-understand chapter headings and sub-headings organized around the types of evidentiary objections often raised by counsel in court, in chambers, and before administrative tribunals.
  • Direct quotes and excerpts from leading cases to explain basic principles of evidence law.


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