Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) First semester (extended) 2013 (Off-campus)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html


  • Overview of the adversary and inquisitorial systems
  • Role of the expert witness within the adversary system
  • Important and unique position of the expert witness
  • The legal and ethical context of expert evidence.

Unit topics:

  • The Nature of the Adversary System
  • The Trial Process
  • Basic Rules of Evidence
  • Legal and other Professional Ethics
  • Rules of Expert Evidence
  • Evaluation of Expert Evidence
  • Introduction to Preparation for Trial
  • Law reform and future directions


At the successful completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. compare and contrast the adversary and inquisitorial systems
  2. explain the court structure, trial process and role of the legal profession
  3. identify the ethical rules imposed on lawyers and expert qitnesses by the courts and their profession
  4. explain the rules of evidence relating to the giving of expert evidence
  5. identify areas of current law reform and likely future directions.


The unit will be assessed as Pass or Fail only and no grades will be allocated.

There will be ongoing assessment including reflective activities, case studies, assignments and a final assessment task. Participation in the online discussion group will also be required but will not be assessed.

Chief examiner(s)


Must be enrolled in Graduate Certificate of Forensic Studies.