Evidence Law (11284.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Law School||Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit covers the broad theoretical and conceptual bases of evidence law and its historical and social context. It studies the role, sources and foundation of the law of evidence and trial procedure, of pre-trial obligations and of rules concerning the burden and standard of proof. Topics include adversarialism; forms of evidence; evidentiary principles and rules (e.g. credibility, hearsay, opinion, tendency and coincidence, identification and character evidence), and exceptions to the rules; privileges; judicial discretion and warnings, comments and directions; mandatory and discretionary exclusions; and the limitations on evidence. The unit is based on the Uniform Evidence Law with a particular focus on the Evidence Act 2011 (ACT).
This unit may be co-taught with a PG version of the same unit.
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Analyse and explain the broad theoretical and conceptual bases of evidence law and its historical and social context;
2. Articulate the role, sources and foundation of the law of evidence and trial procedure and understand the burden and standard of proof and pre-trial obligations;
3. Explain forms of evidence and apply evidentiary principles and rules, and exceptions to them, including: relevance, original evidence, including res gestae, hearsay, opinion, admissions and confessions, tendency and coincidence, identification, and credibility and character evidence;
4. Interrogate and explain the operation of privileges, judicial discretion and warnings, comments and directions, mandatory and discretionary exclusions, and the limitations on evidence; and
5. Critique important policy debates underpinning evidence law and its reform.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
It is recommended that you complete 11279 Criminal Law and Procedure before undertaking this unit.
Prerequisites11251 Foundations of Law and Justice
CorequisitesThis unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws course.
Incompatible units11444 Evidence Law PG, 7228 Evidence Law G
Equivalent units7030 Evidence Law
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Flexible||Dr Tony Krone|
Hum, Fiona, Gregor Urbas and Ottavio Quirico, Australian Uniform Evidence Law (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2022)
- Stephen Odgers, Uniform Evidence Law (Thomson Reuters, Lawbook Co., 17th ed, 2022)
This is an annotated version of the Uniform Evidence Law (UEL) legislation and is widely used by legal practitioners and in courts. It incorporates the Commonwealth, ACT, NSW, NT and Victorian Acts.
- Students must have access to an up-to-date copy of the UEL legislation e.g. the Evidence Act 2011 (ACT), as this will be referred to extensively in lectures, tutorials, and assessment. This can be accessed for free online - access information will be provided via Canvas.
- Students may also access an online version of Cross on Evidence via Lexis Advance from the University Library website.
Inclusion and engagement
Participation is expected for tutorials as scheduled. Notices given in lectures or tutorials will be deemed to be given to the whole class.
Required IT skills
Word-processing and use of Canvas
This unit may involve online meetings in real-time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real-time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
Students will need to record and upload a short audio-visual recording for the moot assessment. This should be possible using a mobile phone or computer with audio-visual recording capacity.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves simulation of professional tasks - providing legal advice and presenting oral argument (by way of a moot court presentation).