Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Law of Evidence (The)

Main Topics of Study

Course Content:

  • Relevance and admissibility
  • Presumption and burden of proof
  • Witness competence – compellability and privileges
  • The course of the trial
  • Previous consistent statements and the role against narratives
  • Character and creditability
  • Similar fact evidence
  • The Criminal Evidence Act 1898
  • The opinion rule and presentation of expert evidence
  • The rule against hearsay
  • Confessions
  • Drawing adverse inferences from a defendant’s silence, lies or false alibi
  • Identification evidence
  • Documents

Cases and Materials:

  • Culpepper v State [2000]
  • Views of Canadian Judge Dickson CJC
  • State v Coetzee [1997] South Africa
  • Lambert, Ali & Jordan [2000]
  • Macandrew v Bingham [1999]
  • Grafton [1992]
  • White v R [1999]
  • Da Silva [1990]
  • DS [1999] CRIM LR 911
  • Thomas v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [1997]
  • DPP v Boardman [1975]
  • Criminal Evidence Act [1898]
  • Gilfoyle [2001] 2 CR APP R 57
  • Cook [1982]
  • Kearley [1992] 2 AC 228
  • Sat-Bhambra [1998] 88 CR APP R 55
  • R v Herefordshire CC Ex-Parte Green Environmental Industries Ltd [2000]
  • Murray v UK [1996] ECHR
  • Turner v Galbraith [1981]
  • Popat [1988] 2 CRIM APP R 208
  • Daye [1908] 2 KB 333 340
  • Moran v Crown Prosecution Service [2000]
  • Masquerade Music Ltd v Springsteen [2001]

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Evidence – Munday (Butterworth)

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