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Engines of TruthProducing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom$
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Wendie E Schneider

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125665

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125665.001.0001

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Adultery, Sex Offenses, and the Criminal Evidence Act of 1898

Adultery, Sex Offenses, and the Criminal Evidence Act of 1898

(p.181) Chapter Five Adultery, Sex Offenses, and the Criminal Evidence Act of 1898
Engines of Truth

Wendie Ellen Schneider

Yale University Press

Nearly fifty years passed between the reform allowing parties to testify in civil cases and the Criminal Evidence Act of 1898 that allowed defendants to testify in criminal cases. This delay was a byproduct of the reform and experimentation that characterized the Victorian legal system’s approach to the possibility of witness deceit. The Act also marks the triumph of cross-examination as the guarantor of veracity in the courtroom. Several highly publicized in which the respectable defendants were accused of scandalous crimes helped drive the Act’s passage.

Keywords:   Criminal Evidence Act 1898, Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, Adultery, Child abuse

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