Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces the general principles governing the law of evidence and the rules of procedure adopted by the civil courts. Develops understanding of the law by studying and observing the application of the law of evidence in the determination of civil and criminal disputes and the application of the rules of civil procedure in the determination of civil disputes. Critically examines the effectiveness of the law of evidence and the rules of civil procedure in achieving their objective of ensuring fairness in the hearing and determination of civil and criminal disputes.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to the law of evidence and the rules of civil procedure
Topic 2: Adducing evidence - Part I: Evidence from witnesses
Topic 3: Adducing evidence - Part II: Evidence from documents, views and other sources
Topic 4: Admissibility of evidence - Part I: Character, credibility, opinion and identification evidence
Topic 5: Admissibility of evidence - Part II: Hearsay - confessions/admissions/statements against interest - corroboration
Topic 6: Admissibility of evidence - Part III: Facilitation of proof - admissions - presumptions - inferences from lack of evidence - right to silence - tendency - coincidence and similar fact evidence
Topic 7: Admissibility of evidence - Part IV: Judicial discretions to exclude evidence
Topic 8: Admissibility of evidence - Part V: Privilege
Topic 9: Rules of civil procedure - Part I: Introduction - the pleadings
Topic 10: Rules of civil procedure - Part II: Service of process - estoppel - joinder - counter-claims
Topic 11: Rules of civil procedure - Part III: Pre-trial procedure and settlement
Topic 12: Rules of civil procedure - Part IV: Summary disposition: Discovery/disclosure: Gathering evidence: Alternative dispute resolution

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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