Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Heli Askola


This unit will provide a comparative survey of some of the modern principles of evidence. it will focus on the rights and obligations of the parties in the common law and civil law regimes. Some of the major concepts of evidence law will be examined including:

  • the role of the parties in litigation
  • burden of proof
  • relevance and admissibility
  • witnesses
  • privileges
  • the hearsay rule
  • expert evidence
  • documentary and real evidence.


On completion of this unit, a student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge and have an overview of the major general principles of evidence law as they apply to different legal jurisdictions, specifically Australia, Canada, the U.S. and some civilian jurisdictions;
  2. understand and recognise some of the major differences and similarities of the evidence rules in the various jurisdictions;
  3. demonstrate a critical appreciation of the application and meaning of a number of specific rules of evidence by examining statute and case law from the various jurisdictions;
  4. independently research and write a minor memorandum on an evidence topic.


Class participation: 10%
Class presentation: 10%
Research paper (1500 words): 30%
Two hour open book exam: 50%

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Workload requirements

Students will be required to attend 36 hours of seminars, and undertake approximately an additional 108 hours of private study, including reading, class preparation, and assignment preparation and revision time over the duration of the course.