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Unit: Evidence Law (7030)

Level: 3Credit Points: 3Contribution Band: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Availability in 2012: Not offered (Also available in: 2013, 2014, 2015)

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of the course, students will posses an understanding of the rules relating to evidence, their origin in the common law and the Evidence Act 1995 (C'th) and (NSW), the principles underlying those rules and their relationship to substantive law; an ability to apply the relevant rules and to predict their operation; familiarity with the contexts in which rules of evidence are significant; an ability to find the relevant law and law reform proposals relating to evidence; improved skills in legal research and writing, critical analysis, legal problem solving, advocacy, client presentation and communication.


    Evidence is a branch of procedural law which determines how facts can be proved in litigation. This unit aims to give a general understanding of the common law and legislation, particularly the Evidence Act 1995 (C'th) & (NSW), which regulates the proof of facts in federal, ACT and NSW courts and tribunals. Topics to be examined include the rules regarding the burden and standard of proof; presumptions and prima facie cases; exclusionary rules relating to the privilege against self-incrimination, client professional privilege and public interest immunity; examination of witnesses; real and documentary evidence; and the hearsay rule including admissions and confessions.


    Completion of Legal Systems or equivalent. Entry to the LLB program. 

    Class Contact

    Four hours per week.

    Referenced Courses

    • 995AA Bachelor of Advertising and Marketing Communication / Bachelor of Laws
    • 944AA Bachelor of Applied Economics/Bachelor of Laws
    • 821AA Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Bachelor of Laws
    • 801AA Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws
    • 808AA Bachelor of Business Informatics/Bachelor of Laws
    • 810AA Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws
    • 127JA Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies/Bachelor of Laws
    • 194JA Bachelor of Forensic Studies/Bachelor of Laws
    • 996AA Bachelor of Journalism / Bachelor of Laws
    • 794AA Bachelor of Laws
    • 829AA Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Laws
    • 149JA Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Laws
    • 997AA Bachelor of Public Relations / Bachelor of Laws
    • 833AA Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Bachelor of Laws
    • 836AA Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws
    • 837AA Bachelor of Sports Media/Bachelor of Laws

    Referenced Unit Sets

    • MJ0144 Major in Forensic Studies (Law)
    • MJ0083 Major in Legal Practice (Restricted)
    • MN0150 Minor in Forensic Science

    Unit Level Key:

    • 1 - Offered in first year of course curriculum
    • 2 - Offered in second year of course curriculum
    • 3 - Offered in third year of course curriculum
    • 4 - Offered in fourth year of course curriculum
    • 5 - Offered in fifth year of course curriculum
    • G - Offered in graduate course curriculums
    • PG - Offered in postgraduate course curriculums
    • R - Offered in research course curriculums
    • H - Offered in honours course curriculums

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