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This Unit introduces the general rules of evidence used in civil and (mainly) criminal trials, and the rules of procedure by which civil lawsuits are conducted. Although these rules originated as judge-made law, they have more recently been codified in legislation — which in turn, however, often gives wide discretion to the judges to interpret broad principles or to estimate unclear questions of fact.
Evidence law seeks to balance the end-goal (“never convict the innocent, try to convict the guilty”) against other values, particularly individual liberty and privacy, control of the police, and an adversarial court system. Likewise, civil procedure rules try to ensure innocent parties are compensated for their loss while also encouraging both sides to offer and accept reasonable settlements and to avoid prolonged delays.
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