Summer Session 2017-18 lec > subject pages > evidence

The Evidence course is devoted to an examination of the rules governing the presentation of evidence in common law trials, both civil and criminal.  

The laws of evidence applicable in New South Wales and the federal jurisdictions have recently undergone a wholesale revision.  The central focus of the course is now on the provisions of the Evidence Act 1995.  As the Commonwealth Act and the New South Wales Act are, for our purposes, identical, we will consider the Commonwealth Act.  The older case law remains relevant as an aid to understanding the new provisions.

The matters considered include the manner and form in which evidence can be presented to the court, the matters which are susceptible of proof as defined by the inclusionary and exclusionary rules, and the tests to be applied in determining whether sufficient evidence has been introduced.  Students will be alerted to the ongoing debates that impact on this area of the law, and specifically to the way in which the law impacts on women.

At this stage of the program, students are expected to possess the skills necessary to answer problem, case note and essay questions, and are encouraged to form and express their own views on the subject matter of the course.

Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.








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