Introduces and examines the general principles of the rules of evidence and the application of those rules in the determination of civil and criminal disputes. Considers the sources and acceptability of evidence, the burden and standards of proof, and the rules concerning hearsay admissions and confessions, illegally obtained evidence and res gestae. Critically examines the effectiveness of these principles in achieving their objectives in the legal system.
Topic 1: Introduction to the Law of Evidence: The threshold of relevance
Topic 2: Burden and standard of proof
Topic 3: Testimonial evidence from witnesses: Competence, compellability and credibility: Vulnerable witnesses; the right to silence
Topic 4: The examination of witnesses
Topic 5: Presumptions and inferences; documents; real evidence
Topic 6: Identification, expert opinions and other opinion evidence
Topic 7: The hearsay rule, its rationale and boundaries
Topic 8: Exceptions to the hearsay rule
Topic 9: Similar fact (tendency, propensity and coincidence) evidence; character evidence; sexual history of assault victims
Topic 10: Confessions/admissions/statements against interest
Topic 11: Privileges
Topic 12: Judicial discretions and warnings; corroboration
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate an understanding of the criteria by which common law and legislation in Australian jurisdictions admit or reject evidence||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||explain and evaluate the use to be made of evidence in civil and criminal proceedings||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||distinguish and evaluate the different burdens of proof which apply to civil and criminal proceedings||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||apply applicable legal principles to specific factual circumstances and synthesise responses which are appropriate in a legal professional environment and which demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the issues.||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
- (Note: e-copies of textbooks cannot be taken into the examination room with you. Even in open-book exams, only materials written or printed on paper are permitted - electronic devices are not): Hemming, A, Kumar, M & Peden, E, 2013, Evidence: Commentary & Materials ("HK&P"), 8th edn, Thomson Reuters Australia, Australia. ISBN: 9780455230733 .
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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