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LAWS11-318: Evidence May 2017 [Standard]

General information

Evidence is a compulsory subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. Students will learn about the main principles of the law of evidence in Queensland, covering both civil and criminal cases, with appropriate comparisons with equivalent laws under the Uniform Evidence Laws. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to apply these principles in novel factual situations, and engage in scholarly discussions regarding their application and extent.

Details

Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS11-318
Subject title:Evidence
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
Delivery mode:

Standard

Workload items:
  • Personal Study Hours: x15 (Total hours: 105) - Recommended Study Hours
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x11 (Total hours: 11) - Weekly Tutorial
Attendance and learning activities: You should attend all classes. Most classes build on the work of the previous one, and it may be difficult for you to recover if you miss a class. Attendance in tutorials will be monitored, and missing tutorials may have an impact upon your final mark in this subject. It is strongly recommended that students attend all lectures. Though lectures may be streamed, no guarantee is given that the technology will deliver each lecture and streaming should be used ONLY as a backup in case of illness or as a tool for revision.

Resources

Prescribed resources:
  • David Field (2011). Queensland Evidence Law. LexisNexis Butterworths
  • Evidence Act 1977 (Qld). [Queensland Law]
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Restrictions: ?

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify the leading principles and rules of evidence law.
  2. Problem solve by applying the principles and rules of evidence.
  3. Critically examine the principles and rules of evidence in theory and in practice.
  4. Identify the ethical demands on counsel who are involved in the presentation of evidence in the trial process.
  5. Develop and present legal argument on evidentiary issues.

Assessment

Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Class Participation Tutorial participation 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Competency Test Advocacy exercise 20% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Limited Open) Final examination 60% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

NOTE: This is a compulsory law subject that is required for both LLB and JD students. More details will be posted on iLearn prior to the start of the semester.

Subject curriculum

What exactly is 'Evidence'? The Governing Principles of Evidence. Admissibility. The functions of judge and jury. Burdens of Proof.

Presumptions. Judicial Notice. Formal Admissions. Estoppel. Convictions as evidence in later civil proceedings.

The forms which 'Evidence' may take. Oral, documentary and real evidence. Direct and circumstantial evidence. Primary and secondary evidence.

The concepts defined. Challenges to competency. Exceptions to compellability. Alibi Evidence. Accused as witness for and against co-accused.Spouse of an accused as witness. Obligation of Crown to call all witnesses.

Privilege against self-incrimination. Legal professional privilege.

The course of a trial. Examination in chief. Cross-examination. Re-examination.

Probity v prejudice. Character, Credit, Credibility and Propensity

The accused as a witness. Evidence of complainants in certain sexual cases. Hearsay - the general rule at common law

The exceptions to the Hearsay Rule in outline. Res Gestae. Declarations by deceased persons. Declarations as to health, fitness and mental state. Statements made in previous proceedings. Informal admissions. Evidence Act, 1977, Part 6. Section 93A statements. Section 93B statements.

Documentary evidence - an introduction. Documentary Hearsay in civil cases. Documentary Hearsay in criminal cases. Statements produced by computer.

Opinion evidence. Identification evidence. Corroboration.

Introduction. The Christie Discretion. The Ireland Discretion.

Approved on: Mar 14, 2017. Edition: 2.1
Last updated: May 2, 2017.