DISCUSSION: Overall, the passage agrees with Bentham’s ideas. There are a few differences of opinion, (e.g. line 50) but generally the author accepts that Bentham’s reforms were good.
- Bentham questioned the old rules of evidence. This questioning led to modern rules of evidence.
- CORRECT. Imperfect doesn’t mean “terribly flawed”. It just means “not perfect”. The author generally likes Bentham’s reforms, even if they disagree on a few points such as the testimony of parents and social workers (line 50).
- Which developments? The author doesn’t say Bentham’s rule needed much changing.
- Inevitably? The author might think that a few areas of evidence law don’t lead to conflict.
- The entire passage is about how Bentham did change the law of evidence.
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