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Title:The use of confessions and admissions in criminal cases in Liberia
Author:Bertkau, Richard C.
Periodical:Liberian Law Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
Abstract:Starting from the English common law background, the Liberian Supreme Court developed its own evidentiary rules to restrict the use of untrustworthy confessions and admissions in criminal cases. Recently, the Liberian Legislature enacted the Criminal Prodedure Law which imposes new restrictions on the use of confessions, admissions and related forms of evidence. The related forms of evidence. The current law is based on this Criminal Procedure Law. However, it does not cover every aspect of the topic and does not define several critical terms that are defined in the case law. This article 1. organizes and restates the case law relating to confessions and admissions and 2. introduces and discusses the statutory law relating to the use of confessions and related forms of evidence. Sections: Introduction - Case law (Voluntariness requirement; Corroboration requirement) - Statutory law: Section 21.4 of the Criminal Procedure Law - Summary. Notes; ref.