2018 Summer School Subject List

Evidence (LAWS5013) - Opens 03 Oct 2017

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

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

(1)  Professional Law Programs  - Law.professional@sydney.edu.au
(2) Ms Miiko Kumar - Miiko.Kumar@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 01 Feb 2018 
End Date: 11 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: - 

    LLB completion of all years 1 – 3 LAWS compulsories.. JD completion of all 1st year compulsories.

  2. Prerequisites - 

    LAWS5003 Civil and Criminal Procedure

  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.


Optional Assignment due on tues 13 Feb (30%) and 1 x 2hr Exam (either 100% or 70%)


Start Date: 01 Feb 2018     End Date: 11 Feb 2018


Thurs 09:00 - 16:00

Fri 09:00 - 16:00

Sat 09:00 - 16:00

Sun 09:00 - 16:00

Final Exam

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


Miiko Kumar, Stephen Odgers & Elisabeth Peden, Uniform Evidence Law: Cases and Materials (Thomson Reuters, 5th ed 2015)