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FOR1001 - Medical evidence

8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms H McKelvie


Clayton Full year 2008 (Off-campus)


The law of evidence is a branch of adjectival law consists of legal rules, procedural rules and administrative arrangements whereby courts and tribunals within the justice system receive and evaluate evidence.

To perform satisfactorily as a forensic medical practitioner, their evidential and communication skills must be of a high order. This unit will enable students to gain practical skills in the delivery of medical evidence in courts and tribunals in the preparation of medicolegal reports to be used as items of evidence and in the techniques of advocacy that can modify the way in which a medical practitioner's evidence is received by the courts.

Tutorials and presentations will be used to lay the foundations for some of the basic academic objectives of the course. Workshops will be used to establish witness skills and oral communication techniques and moot court will be used to develop practical skills in presenting evidence and developing strategies to deal with the medicolegal and advocacy issues that arise during examination and cross-examination.


On completion of this unit the student is expected to:

  1. display an understanding of decision making processes in legal practice;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the general principles of the laws of evidence;
  3. comprehend the special rules regarding opinion evidence;
  4. understand the role of the expert witness;
  5. be conversant with the rules governing the reception of evidence to the courts;
  6. demonstrate competency in preparing medico-legal reports;
  7. have developed the skills required to present evidence in court;
have acquired the techniques necessary for managing examination-in-chief, cross examination and re-examination.


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