The rules of evidence are not always simple and straightforward. Evidence law is filled with tricky concepts and difficult statutory provisions, and it is easy to miss issues in an exam setting without the right preparation. These notes are clear, concise and aimed at helping you spot and deal with issues in problem questions for both civil and criminal cases, for every topic in the course. These notes helped me achieve a Distinction mark in this course, and also helped me achieve a finalist placing in the internal Witness Examination competition. Each topic contains a comprehensive summary of the Evidence Act, other relevant statutes and case law. Also included is analysis, discussion and breakdown of technical concepts, like credibility, hearsay, etc. Within the notes are helpful visual techniques, "need-to-know" boxes and colour-coding to aid your memory for each topic. Topics: - Introduction to evidence law - Relevance - Proof - The adversarial trial - Adducing evidence - witnesses, documents and real evidence (examination-in-chief, cross-examination, Browne v Dunn) - Credibility - Hearsay - Tendency and coincidence - Character of the accused - Opinion - Identification - Discretions (probative value, unfair prejudice, public policy) - Admissions and privilege against self-incrimination - Proof - directions


Semester 2, 2021

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