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This course deals with the rules of evidence as they apply in the courtroom. The rules in both criminal and civil cases will be analysed. The legal requirements for leading real evidence, documentary evidence and witness testimony are considered. Topics include: relevancy, the corroboration rule, hearsay evidence, expert evidence, lawyer-client privilege, vulnerable witnesses, confession evidence and search evidence. Debate on the more controversial areas of the subject, such as sexual history evidence and admissibility of previous convictions, is encouraged. The subject is highly topical, controversial and practically important to all lawyers. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examination.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
The course will cover basic concepts within the law of evidence viz, relevance, burdens and standards of proof, admissibility and sufficiency as they operate in criminal and civil proceedings.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1st Attempt: Counting essay (2,000 words) worth (25%) of the overall grade; Examination worth (75%) of the overall grade
Resit: 1 examination (75%) and essay (25% carried forward).
Written feedback on the essay will be provided. Students who fail on first attempt will be able to arrange a meeting following publication of results and in advance of the resit to discuss their examination performance.