The Criminal Record on Trial

  • Margaret Fitzgerald O’Reilly


This chapter examines the impact that criminal records have upon the trial process and is divided into two parts. The first deals with the admission of evidence in chief, and the second addresses the rules pertaining to cross-examination. In relation to evidence in chief, the focus is upon examining the rules of similar fact evidence at trial in order to determine the role that past convictions play. The second part then examines the law of cross-examination, particularly the relevant provisions of the Criminal Justice (Evidence) Act 1924 as amended, which provides for the circumstances where an accused can be cross-examined on his or her past record. The questioning of witnesses on their past convictions is also considered.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Fitzgerald O’Reilly
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  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland

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