Arthur Conan Doyle’s critics of circumstantial evidence in his detective novel, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, and the law of circumstantial evidence in Australia

Ho, Tung (2017) Arthur Conan Doyle’s critics of circumstantial evidence in his detective novel, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, and the law of circumstantial evidence in Australia. Doctorate (other than PhD) thesis, University of Southern Queensland. (Unpublished)

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If an evidence, by itself or in connection with others, gives reasonable direction to confirm or edify a concerned fact, then it can be regarded as ‘circumstantially relevant’. In this sense, it is common in legal practice to apply circumstantial evidence to exclude potential alternatives to infer and to prove the existence or non-existence of a concerned fact. However, as criticised by Arthur Conan Doyle in his novel, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, ‘circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing. It may seem to point to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different’. According to Doyle, ‘there is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact’. This paper will examine these statements in the context of circumstantial evidence law in Australia.


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Item Type: Thesis (Non-Research) (Doctorate (other than PhD))
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctorate (Non-Research) thesis.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 04:58
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 04:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: evidence, law, Conan Doyle, circumstantial evidence, Australia
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems)
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33914

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