THE RULE IN HODGE'S CASE: RUMOURS OF ITS DEATH ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED

  • BENJAMIN L BERGER
Keywords: Evidence

Abstract

Certain academic commentators and Canadian courts have announced the death of the rule in Hodge’s Case. The author challenges this proclamation of death, observing that Hodge’s rule is a particular manifestation of the epistemology that informs our law of evidence. He argues not only that the rule is doctrinally intact, but that the principles and spirit that animate Hodge’s rule have broad influence in our law of evidence and have utility in the appellate review of unreasonable verdicts. Hodge’s rule, Hodge-like reasoning, and the associated epistemology, are alive and well in Canada.

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Published
2005-03-01
Section
Legal Commentary