Courses & Units

Evidence LAW422



Compulsory unit


This course imparts a basic understanding of the principles and rules relating to the law of evidence in both criminal and civil proceedings. It aims to develop an appreciation of the determinative role that the rules of evidence can have on the course and outcomes of trials and it encourages students' critical appraisal of the evidential rules governing formal proceedings. Studies cover: the nature of evidence, basic evidential concepts, classifications of evidence, obtaining evidence, mechanisms for dealing with unreliable evidence and the major exclusionary rules including the hearsay rule, the opinion evidence rule, the credibility rule and rules relating to tendency and coincidence evidence.


Unit name Evidence
Unit code LAW422
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law

Dr Helen Cockburn

Teaching staff

Dr Helen Cockburn

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,561.00 091101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


  • Pre-requisites: Either LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205, LAW305, LAW306, LAW307, LAW323, LAW324 OR LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204, LAW305, LAW351, LAW352, LAW353, LAW354.


Teaching Pattern

Two two-hour seminars per week.


Court report - 20%, Mid-term test - 20%, Class participation - 20%, Final Examination - 40%

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