The Uniform Evidence Law Guidebook is the latest in the Guidebook series. It covers the fundamentals of evidence law in the uniform jurisdictions in Australia. It facilitates student learning by using accessible and clear language to explain complex concepts. Questions throughout the text and at end-chapter mirror the assessment types that students will encounter during the course of semester, to help practice skills and consolidate content knowledge.
Central to this guidebook is its capacity to facilitate student engagement with the process of proof, drawing and maintaining explicit links between theory and practice. Through the use of a Criminal Trial Thread Scenario, the guidebook enables students to become active participants in a trial, promoting deep experiential learning. Witness statements and other materials are provided for the majority of topics areas, with each new statement requiring students to apply their acquired knowledge incrementally in a progressive and continuous manner as either prosecution or defense lawyers. This 'taste of reality' experience also allows for incremental development of important skills in oral communication, decision-making and advocacy. In other topic areas, review problems are provided to encourage students to develop their analytical problem-solving skills in relation to realistic and typical evidence issues arising in the context of criminal and civil litigation.
1. Getting into EvidenceIntroductionSources—the uniform Evidence ActsKinds of evidenceRelevance, admissibility and weightDrawing inferences2. Proof and PresumptionsIntroductionBurden of proofStandard of proofCircumstantial evidenceBurden of proof in civil casesStandard of proof in civil casesPresumptionsCommon knowledge and judicial notice3. Roles of Judge and Jury and the Judicial Discretion to Exclude EvidenceIntroductionOrder of court proceedingsFunctions of judge and JuryPreliminary questions—the voir dire and admissibility of evidenceJudicial role and powersJudicial obligation and the discretions to limit or exclude evidenceDiscretion to admit improperly or illegally obtained evidence4. Witnesses and Adducing EvidenceIntroductionCompetence and compellability of witnessesConduct of a trial in the adversarial processWarning and information about unreliable evidence5. Documentary and Real EvidenceIntroductionProof of the contents of a document including secondary evidenceAuthenticity of a documentReal evidenceViews, demonstrations, experiments and inspections6. Privileges and ImmunitiesIntroductionThe nature and operation of privilegeClient legal privilegeLoss or waiver of client legal privilegePrivilege against self-incriminationPublic interest immunity—‘matters of state’Privilege in aid of settlementProfessional confidential relationshipsJournalists’ privilegeSexual assault counselling communications privilege7. Hearsay and ExceptionsIntroductionThe hearsay rule and its rationaleExceptions to the hearsay ruleOriginal use of a previous representationFirst-hand hearsayStatements about health, feelings, state of mind‘More remote’ exceptions—business recordsOther exceptions8. AdmissionsIntroduction 161Nature and effect of admissionsImplied admissions—silenceImplied admissions—flight and liesException to hearsay ruleVoluntariness and reliability of admissionsStatutory recording requirements for admissions in criminal casesDiscretionary exclusion—unfairnessDiscretionary exclusion—public policy9. Opinions, Judgments and ConvictionsIntroductionFact and opinion distinctionThe opinion ruleException 1—multiple relevanceException 2—lay opinionException 3—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional laws and customsException 4—expert opinionUltimate issue and common knowledgeCriminal convictionsCivil judgments10. Disposition Evidence I: Credibility and CharacterIntroductionCredibility evidenceThe credibility ruleExceptions to the credibility ruleCredibility of the defendant in criminal casesCharacter evidenceCharacter of the defendant in criminal cases11. Disposition Evidence II: Tendency and CoincidenceIntroductionCommon law origins of the exclusionary ruleGeneral features of the legislative schemeThe tendency ruleThe coincidence ruleFurther admissibility restriction in criminal casesCases not involving tendency or coincidence reasoningRelationship or context evidence12. Identification EvidenceIntroductionMeaning of identification evidenceExclusion of visual identification evidenceExclusion of picture identification evidenceJudicial warningOther kinds of ‘identification’ evidenceTable of CasesTable of Statutes
Series: Law Guidebook Series
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 30th October 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 14.9
Weight (kg): 0.4