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Evidence Law (11284.1)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit covers the law and principles that apply to the process of putting evidence before a legal body such as a court or tribunal, and the admissibility of evidence. It is therefore of key practical significance in the education of legal practitioners as well as others who need to understand evidentiary processes. It also engages with policy debates that have centred on issues such as the treatment of vulnerable witnesses including children and Indigenous persons, the right to silence and professional privilege applying to lawyers, medical practitioners and journalists.

The unit has a focus on the Uniform Evidence Law (UEL), which applies in an increasing number of Australian jurisdictions: Commonwealth, ACT, NSW, NT, Tasmania and Victoria. It satisfies fully the "Priestley 11" requirements for admission to practice in Australian jurisdictions. The teaching staff regularly includes current legal practitioners such as prosecutors and other lawyers.

The unit may provide opportunities for students to apply their developing knowledge of evidence law in a practical setting e.g. through moot exercises in the University of Canberra's e-Court.

This unit may be co-taught with a PG version of the same unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain and analyse the law of evidence as embodied in the Uniform Evidence Law (UEL);

2. Apply the law of evidence in civil and criminal proceedings using oral and/or written communication skills; and

3. Examine and critically discuss important policy debates underpinning evidence law and its reform.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on campus per week.


This unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws course.

Students must have passed 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice.



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

7228 Evidence Law G

Equivalent Units

7030 Evidence Law

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