Law of Evidence

Module code: LW3420

When studying this module you'll examine the rules that regulate the admissibility of evidence in a criminal or civil trial. Rules of evidence occupy a central role in the protection of a defendant's human rights within the criminal justice system, and by applying these rules to fictional problems, you'll identify areas where the current rules are inadequate.

Topics covered

  • The burden and standard of proof
  • Confessions and inferences from the accused’s silence
  • The questioning of witnesses and special measures for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses
  • Evidence of character
  • Identification evidence
  • Illegally and improperly obtained evidence
  • Hearsay evidence
  • Expert evidence

Learning

  • 41 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 251 hours of guided independent study 

Assessment

  • Exam, 3 hours (including 15 minutes time) (100%)

Excluded Combinations

  • Not available to Semester only Visiting Students.