This unit introduces students to evidence law and rules which govern the collection and use of information / evidence which may legitimately be put before courts and other tribunals in both criminal cases, or in civil disputes. Students will also analyse the rationale for the rules that comprise the law of evidence and the values they represent, by reference to the Victorian Evidence Act 2008, which provides a law of evidence that is uniform with the law of the territories, the Commonwealth, NSW and Tasmania.  On completion of this unit students will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of, and competence in, the law of evidence.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
LLW4007

Prerequisites

BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context

BLB1102 - Contracts 1

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

BLB1115 - Torts

LLW1001 - Criminal Law

LLW1002 - Criminal Investigation, Procedure and Sentencing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Locate, interpret, evaluate and apply legislation relating to substantive law and correlate it to the law of evidence;  
  2. Apply the law of evidence to factual situations and effectively advise clients and others of their evidentiary position;  
  3. Conduct research relating to the law of evidence and procedure and use the results of that research to solve complex problems.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test In-class test 15%
Assignment An analysis of Case Study 35%
Examination Final exam 50%

Required reading

The class materials, tutorial problems and additional readings found on VU Collaborate provide the materials covered each week in lectures and tutorials.

Uniform Evidence 3rd edn
Gans, Palmer & Robert, 2019
Oxford University Press

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