LAW-30062 - Evidence
Coordinator: Lisa M Mason Tel: +44 1782 7 34363
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Students should have passed Law-20028 and Law-20029

Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

The law of evidence is the study of rules designed to ensure that the guilty are convicted and the innocent are acquitted. It is a system of balances and checks that is the ultimate protection of individual liberty. In this module you can decide for yourself just how important the law of evidence is in the criminal justice system. This module is an intellectually stimulating study of a complex legal topic but is also of particular interest to those intending to enter legal practice. It is taught by lecturers who themselves hold judicial positions in the criminal courts.

By building on knowledge acquired in foundational modules of Law or Criminology, this module will allow students to develop further their knowledge of the operation of legal rules as they are applied in the context of criminal trials in England and Wales. The law of evidence offers students the opportunity to explore a range of practical situations in which trial courts manage statutory legal rules and exceptions, codes of practice and case-law. Students will gain a fuller appreciation of the appropriate exercise of judicial case management skills, and judicial discretion, in the efficient management of trials within the context of human rights, especially the fair trial provisions of the ECHR.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate the practical workings of the rules of evidence, particularly as they operate in criminal cases: 1
articulate a critical appreciation of the importance of the rules of evidence, in their theoretical and policy contexts, and to encourage students to develop their own views as to reform of those rules: 1
manipulate a wide range of materials on the law of evidence, both in paper and electronic form, and to use those materials to discuss, and to write about, contemporary issues in evidence: 1

Study hours

22 hours of lectures
8 hours of tutorial
2 hours examination
Preparation time:
48 hours reading and tutorial preparation
70 hours consolidation and examination preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Mixed Exam weighted 100%
2 hour seen exam requiring students to answer one compulsory problem question and one essay question from a choice of 3.
Mixed exam requiring students to answer one compulsory seen problem question and one seen essay question from a choice of three.