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Robert S Shiels, 'The Scottish Criminal Trial and Judicial Intervention in a Public Controversy’, 83-102

Discussion Paper

Published onMay 01, 2016
Robert S Shiels, 'The Scottish Criminal Trial and Judicial Intervention in a Public Controversy’, 83-102

Abstract
A published article by a senior Scottish Judge, Lord Kingsburgh (Sir John Macdonald), in 1898, reveals the tensions around reform in the United Kingdom of the law concerning the competence of an accused giving evidence for the defence. The change in law also provides some insight into the perception of the practitioners of the Victorian period as to the system they worked in.

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