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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Relevance
    • Competence and compellability
    • Examination of witnesses
    • Character and credibility of the accused
    • Tendency / co-incidence evidence
    • Opinion Evidence
    • Hearsay
    • Right to silence / Admissions
    • Illegally or improperly obtained evidence
    • Privileges
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

On successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles that underpin the operation of the law of evidence and the ethical issues of advocacy
  2. analyse and research complex problems relating to the law of evidence, using sophisticated cognitive and creative skills, and generate appropriate responses
  3. show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with an advocacy simulation
  4. demonstrate self-management skills in a professional context and reflect on and assess your own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.
  • Assignment 1 - Memo of Advice (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Moot Court (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines legal issues arising from the application of the rules of evidence, and considers the introduction of uniform evidence laws in Australia, with a particular focus on Victoria. The subject includes a moot where you will engage with advocacy skills, work in teams and reflect on legal practice.

This subject provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.

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