2017 Winter School Subject List

Evidence (LAWS2016)

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

Instructors:
(1)  Alex Kulkik - alex.kulkik@sydney.edu.au

Contacts:
(1)  Professional Law Programs  - Law.professional@sydney.edu.au
(2)  Professional Law Programs  - Law.professional@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 03 Jul 2017 
End Date: 10 Jul 2017 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 10 May 2017 
Applications Close: 19 Jun 2017 
Census date: 10 Jul 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 10 Jul 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No

Prerequisites:

  1. Prerequisites: - 

    LAWS1006 or LAWS5000, LAWS1014 or LAWS5003

  2. Prohibitions: - 

    LAWS2006 or LAWS5013

  3. Assumed Knowledge: - 

    Basic criminal law, torts, contracts, and procedure

  4. Note: - 

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

  5. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Bachelor 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

Classwork 10%, 1 x optional take-home test (30%) and 1 x 2hr final exam (60% or 90%).

Timetable

Start Date: 03 Jul 2017     End Date: 10 Jul 2017

Lectures:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat & Sun

All Classes are 8:30 - 16:30

Mid Exam: Take Home Exam to be Collected 17:00 Mon 10/07/2017 and Returned 9:30 Thu 13/07/2017.

Final Exam: Mon 24th Jul 2017 (10:00 am Start, 2 hour exam & 30 mins Reading Time)

Venue:

Lectures:

Mon, Tue & Wed - Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 119

Sat & Sun - New Law School Annexe Seminar Room 342

Final Exam: New Law School Lecture Theatre 024

Texts

Latest edition of Kumar, Odgers and Peden, Uniform Evidence Law: Commentary and Materials (Lawbook Co)