Criminal Evidence 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
The module content includes, but is not limited to:
- the burden and standard of proof;
- hearsay, confessions and the right to silence;
- competence and compellability;
- identification evidence;
- opinion evidence;
- evidence of character;
- similar fact evidence.
-threshold -D- to D+ (40-49%) An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable.
-good -B- to B+ (60-69%) High Standard: A comprehensive answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in an argument which, while clear, logical and critical, leaves room for improvement in its construction and presentation. An answer which shows complete competence in the subject.
-excellent -A- to A* (70+%) An outstanding answer containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in a clear, logical, critical argument with little room for improvement. An answer which demonstrates a complete mastery of the subject.
-another level-C- to C+ (50-59%) An answer which, while always in the main accurate and correct, fails to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant material and is lacking in criticism. An answer which while reliable with regard to correctness is either not comprehensive or not entirely pertinent.
- Demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of the principal characteristics and concepts of the law of evidence in England and Wales.
- Effectively explain key developments in relation to the rules governing the admissibility of evidence and the burden and standard of proof.
- Effectively explain the principles concerning the allocation of significance to evidence and the rules governing the admissibility of evidence.
- Identify and use relevant primary and secondary legal sources related to the law of evidence.
- Identify the key components of the law and rules of evidence and apply them to actual or hypothetical factual scenarios.
Written essay of 2500 words requiring students to answer one question.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
Exam requiring students to answer two questions, one in essay format and one as a problem question format.