This authoritative work covers both the history of confession evidence, and the modern law surrounding the use of confession evidence in court. It includes a chapter on the controversial changes to the right of silence included in the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994. Includes original research into the historical developments in the law on confessions. Covers PACE codes and the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994. Skilful analysis both of the law itself and the case-law decisions which have arisen from it.