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Character in the Criminal Trial$
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Mike Redmayne

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228898.001.0001

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Good Character

Good Character

Chapter:
(p.216) 10 Good Character
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Character in the Criminal Trial
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Mike Redmayne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228898.003.0010

This chapter examines the law on the evidential significance of the defendant's good character. It contextualizes some of the earlier discussion of bad character evidence and helps to set the stage for the discussion of character in sentencing in Chapter 11, where evidence about the defendant's good character plays a significant mitigating role. It concludes that good character evidence does not come without costs: modified directions and conditional directions add to the complexity of the trial and provide fertile ground for appeals.

Keywords:   character evidence, defendants, criminal trials, bad character, criminal law, English law, evidential significance

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