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.
OverviewModule Details:The role of evidence in a courtroom is technical but its rules reflect core principles of the due process of law. These are becoming more significant with the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998 and it is important for forensic scientists, who may act as expert witnesses, to have an understanding of these rules and their operation in the trial process. This module considers the position of forensic evidence within the trial process, rules governing the recognition of such evidence and the perception of its value in the trial. In addition matters such as the function of the judge and jury, burden and standard of proof, and hearsay are considered from a central focus of how they relate to forensic evidence.
This module appears in:
20 hours lectures; 10 hours seminars (approximately)
Method of assessment
80% written examination and 20% coursework
R.J.C.Munday Evidence (6th ed Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)
Students willhave a good understanding of the relationship between the rules of evidence and the role of forensic science in the courtroom.
be aware of the main sources relating to evidence, from a range of disciplines. They should be able to use these materials for research purposes
have a good understanding of the rules of evidence considered