2018 Winter School Subject List

Evidence (LAWS2016) - Opens 03 Oct 2017

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

(1) Mr Alexander Kuklik - 

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

Start Date: 29 Jan 2018 
End Date: 06 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 03 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Assumed Knowledge: - 

    Criminal law, torts, contracts, and procedure

  2. Prerequisites - 

    LAWS1006 or LAWS5000, LAWS1014 or LAWS5003

  3. Note: - 

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

  4. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Bachelor of Laws students only.


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.


Classwork 15%, 1 x optional take-home test (25%) and 1 x 2hr final exam (60% or 85%).


Start Date: 29 Jan 2018     End Date: 06 Feb 2018


Mon - Thu, 8:30 - 16:30

Take Home Exam

Pick-up: 17:00 on Tue 6th Feb 2018

Return: 9:30 on Fri 9th Feb 2018

Final Exam

Mon 19th Feb, 10:00 start (2hr exam & 30 mins reading time)


Case Study Lecture Theatre 1170, Abercrombie Business School Building


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