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LAWS5013: Evidence

2024 unit information

This unit of study aims to teach students the laws of evidence as they operate in civil and criminal trials in Australia. The unit aims to introduce students to the adversarial context within which lawyers might encounter evidential issues in the course of a trial. Attention is given to differences between the civil trial and the accusatorial criminal trial. The unit considers the laws of evidence contained in legislation and the common law. This unit focuses on the Uniform Evidence Law (particularly, Evidence Act 1995 (NSW)) and develop students' skills in statutory interpretation. The unit considers the rules for adducing testimony and other forms of evidence; the rules of admissibility (relevance, hearsay, opinion, tendency and coincidence, credibility, character, and the discretions to exclude evidence); and principles relating to proof (including burdens and standards of proof, judicial notice, and missing evidence). The distinction between the roles of the trial judge (as tribunal of law) and the jury (as tribunal of fact) in the jury trial is highlighted. We consider the forces contributing to reform of evidence law, in particular in relation to the prosecution of adult and child sexual assault, and students are encouraged to think critically about the doctrines that govern the laws of evidence.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Law

Code LAWS5013
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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LAWS5003
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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LAWS2016

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify, describe, and explain, at an advanced level, the issues, relevant rules, and fundamental principles of Evidence Law in NSW. This includes the adducing of evidence, admissibility, proof and miscellaneous matters within the context of the adversarial trial.
  • LO2. critically analyse novel fact scenarios to identify the evidential issues and applicable laws, applying knowledge of evidence law to evaluate arguments and effectively solve legal problems.
  • LO3. employ multimodal research skills to effectively synthesise theory, statutes and, case law to develop sound written and oral legal arguments.
  • LO4. define the ethical and professional responsibilities of legal practitioners, appreciate the ethical dimensions of the adversarial trial, and apply the capacity to influence professional life in resolving individual conflict situations and engaging in policy debates.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 2024
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2020
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive July 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2021
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive February 2022
Normal day Remote
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive July 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive July 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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