Clifford v Clifford: 1961

The court stated the common law position of the cross examination of a defendant on his antecedents. Cairns J said: ‘The range of permissible cross-examination as to credit is, however, a very wide one. It has never, I think, been doubted that a conviction for any offence could be put to a witness by way of cross-examination as to credit, even though the offence was not one of dishonesty.’


Cairns J


[1961] 1 WLR 1274


England and Wales

Cited by:

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CitedWatson v Cleveland Police CA 12-Oct-2001
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Held: The judge had directed . .
CitedDickinson v Yates CA 27-Nov-1986
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CitedHussain and Others v London Borough of Waltham Forest UTLC 5-Nov-2019
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Updated: 12 April 2022; Ref: scu.195575