Video Case Study: Case Study 5: Regina v Nicholas Jones

An Illustration of Contested Bad Character Applications before a Crown Court

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We would ask you to note when viewing this video that there have obviously been case law developments since this fictitious scenario was filmed. The Court of Appeal's decision in R v Campbell [2007] 1 WLR 2798 in the context of a propensity to be untruthful is one such development. Contrary to the statements in Hanson [2005] 1 WLR 3169, the Court of Appeal was sceptical about the use of evidence of propensity to be untruthful outside the context of offences which themselves involve lying, in which case the evidence is likely to be admitted under s. 103 (1) (a). R v Campbell has added a complication to the bad character provisions which is addressed further in the Bad Character Case Compendium which can be found on the ORC and which additionally includes a selection of up-to-date case law.

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