2018 Summer School Subject List

Evidence (LAWS5013) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Law (Sydney Law School)
Department: Law
Level: Postgraduate
Credit Points: 6

Instructors:
(1) Ms Miiko Kumar - Miiko.Kumar@sydney.edu.au
(2) Mr Alexander Kuklik - 

Contacts:
(1) Ms Miiko Kumar - Miiko.Kumar@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 02 Dec 2016 
End Date: 11 Dec 2016 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 21 Nov 2016 
Census date: 03 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 03 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No

Prerequisites:

  1. Prerequisite: - 

    Civil and Criminal procedure

  2. Assumed Knowledge: - 

    Criminal law

  3. Note: - 

    All enrolments are subject to approval by the Sydney Law School.

  4. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Juris Doctor of Laws students only.

Description

This unit of study aims to teach students the laws of evidence. The focus of this unit is on the operation of the laws of evidence in civil and criminal trials. The unit considers the laws of evidence contained in statute and the common law. Students will appreciate the significant law reform in this area. The unit considers the rules for adducing evidence, then the rules of admissibility (relevance, hearsay, opinion, tendency and coincidence, credibility, character, privilege and the discretions to exclude evidence). Finally, there will be consideration of issues relating to proof. This unit will focus on the uniform Evidence Acts 1995 and develop students’ skills in the area of statutory interpretation. Further, the unit aims to introduce students to the contexts within which lawyers might encounter evidential issues in the course of a trial. Consideration is also given to the ethical problems that may arise in the conduct of a trial. Students are encouraged to think critically about the doctrines that govern the laws of evidence.

Assessment

1 x optional take-home assignment (30%) due 22 Dec, and 1 x 2 hour final exam (70% or 100%)

Timetable

Start Date: 02 Dec 2016     End Date: 11 Dec 2016

Lectures:
New Law LT 026

Fri 02 DEC 2016 - 09:00-16:00 hrs
Sat 03 DEC 2016 - 09:00-16:00 hrs
Sun 04 DEC 2016 - 09:00-16:00 hrs

Fri 09 DEC 2016 - 09:00-16:00 hrs
Sat 10 DEC 2016 - 09:00-16:00 hrs
Sun 11 DEC 2016 - 09:00-16:00 hrs
Final Exam:
New Law LT 026

Fri 06 JAN 2017 - 14:00-16:30 hrs

Texts

Uniform Evidence Law: Commentary and Materials, 5th Edition (Kumar, Odgers and Peden)