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Law of Evidence

Module code: LLBP 3021

Module description

The focus of the module is on the law of criminal evidence, but many of the concepts and principles are also valid in the context of civil litigation. An understanding of the principles of legal evidence will be invaluable to any would-be advocates or litigators. Students will study:

  • Relevance, admissibility and circumstantial evidence
  • Burdens and standards of proof, presumptions and probabilities
  • Witness competence and compellability
  • Special measures for vulnerable witnesses
  • Examination in-chief and cross-examination
  • Protection of complainants in sex cases
  • Expert evidence
  • Admissible and inadmissible hearsay
  • Visual identification evidence
  • Confessions by defendants
  • Inferences from silence or non-disclosure
  • Character, credibility and disposition
  • Improperly obtained evidence and entrapment

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 40 - 42 hours (depending on length of terms)
  • Tutorials: 21 hours
  • Revision sessions: 4 hours


  • Advice on evidence (1500 words): 40%
  • One-week evidence review period and feedback (2500 words): 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books