• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • David Richards
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course will be concerned with a study of the law of evidence in certain key areas, to be selected with regard to their practical significance, and to the currents of judicial interpretation of the Evidence Act 1995. Some parts will deal with issues peculiar to the criminal trial, but most will deal with issues common to both civil and criminal proceedings.

Topics will be drawn from the following:

  • Standard of Proof
  • Relevance
  • Discretions to Exclude
  • Tendency & Coincidence Evidence
  • Opinion Evidence
  • The Hearsay Rule
  • The “character” of the accused in a criminal trial
  • The impact of a Bill Rights on rules of Evidence
  • The law of Evidence and Documents.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the conclusion of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles underlying the law of Evidence under the Uniform Act
  • apply those principles in identifying, researching and critiquing developments in the case law in this field
  • engage in reflective practice in the law of evidence and provide advice to clients and appear in Courts

Other Information

This course is run on WATTLE (http://wattle.anu.edu.au/). Once enrolled you will need to logon using your ISIS username and password. When available students will be able to gain access to the course materials and modules.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.

It is anticipated that the assessment package will include Participation in an online discussion forum, ten short weekly exercises and a 4,000 word research paper.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

26 hrs - WATTLE

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP). OR Must be studying a: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation.

Prescribed Texts

P. Bayne's text on the Principles of Evidence

Preliminary Reading

Odgers on Evidence 9th Edition

Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolling in it will have a fundamental background in the Law of Evidence in Australia from their prior LLB studies.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1893 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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