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What’s Our Most Requested Case?


You may know that the Great Library offers a document delivery service. But did you know that for years the most requested case has been the English case Browne v Dunn (1893), 6 R 67 (HL)? This decision deals with a rule of evidence on cross-examining a witness, also referred to as “the rule in Browne v Dunn”.Brown & Dunn 3 750px If you would like to read more about this rule, the authoritative text The Law of Evidence in Canada, 4th ed., by Bryant, Lederman and Fuerst, provides commentary on pages 1184-1188. This text is available in the library from the first-floor stacks, as well as in the second-floor Practice Collection at KF 8935 .ZA2 S66 2014.

Do you know which law report is abbreviated as “R”? When first seeing this abbreviation you might think it is an error, but it is the correct abbreviation for The Reports. The Reports were published in England from 1893 to 1895, and can be found in the American Room at bay BR 45. Volume 6 has been copied from so many times that it is quite fragile, so we keep copies of the case on hand for requests – just ask.

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