Western Australian Evidence Law
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Extract: Evidence' has been comprehensively defined as ‘…… the material offered in court during a trial for the purpose of enabling the finder of fact ... to reach a decision on the issues in dispute'. Whilst this is perhaps the closest one can get to the meaning attributed to the word 'evidence' by a non-specialist (including a law student on their first day of studying the subject), this seemingly simple definition masks various layers of complexity, and defines simply the end product of many processes of assessment, selection and rejection of those items of information which will be admissible as 'evidence' in a case.
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