Law of Evidence for Forensic Scientists - LW573

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) MISS LA Charleton


LW562 is normally a prerequisite but in special cases may be taken as a co-requisite


This module is only available for students on one of the Forensic Science programmes.



Topics may include;
  • Introduction and basic concepts including factual analysis
  • Function of Judge and jury, burden and standard of proof
  • Hearsay and the common law and statutory exceptions including documentary evidence
  • Confessions, silence and entrapment
  • Competence and questioning of witnesses
  • Character evidence
  • Opinion evidence and expert testimony
  • Details

    This module appears in:

    Contact hours

    20 hours lectures; 10 hours seminars (approximately)

    Method of assessment

    80% written examination and 20% coursework of a multiple choice test.

    Preliminary reading

    R.J.C.Munday Evidence (6th ed Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

    Learning outcomes

    On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
    1. Identify sources relating to evidence, from a range of disciplines. They should be able to use these materials for research purposes
    2. Utilise inferential logic and then apply analysis to factual situations
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the rules of evidence
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of implications for evidence, and procedure, in light of the European Convention on Human Rights
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between forensic science and the rules of evidence

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