LAW5308 - Current issues in evidence - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7040


On January 1, 2010 the Evidence Act 2008 (Vic) came into operation. The Act introduces a reformed version of the uniform evidence acts presently in operation federally and in New South Wales and Tasmania into Victoria. The Act is based upon recommendations made by the Victorian Law Reform Commission in its 2005 report. The Act both codifies and changes in fundamental fashion the previous law of evidence in Victoria. This unit will analyse changes brought about by the Act. At least six discrete areas of current interest in evidence law will be the subject of particular focus.


On completion of this subject students should:

  1. possess a critical understanding of selected issues raised by the introduction of uniform evidence legislation in Victoria;
  2. understand the theoretical and practical obstacles to judicial proof of selected issues;
  3. be able to identify; comprehend and discuss concepts of relevance, admissibility, probative value, prejudicial risk and facts in issue; and
  4. Be able to analyse critically the underlying issues in the adversary system of the disciplinary, protective and reliability principles and the concept of a fair trial.


Either research assignments (3,750 words): 50%

Moor Court participation: 40%

Class presentation: 10%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per teaching period (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements).