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LAW 550 – Litigation

2017 – S2 External

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Sonya Willis
Contact via sonya.willis@mq.edu.au
W3A 523
Wed 2pm-3pm
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
12cp in LAW units at 300 level and (admission prior to 2014 to LLB or BAppFinLLB or BALLB or BA-MediaLLB or BA-PsychLLB or BBALLB or BComLLB or BCom-ProfAccgLLB or BEnvLLB or BITLLB or BIntStudLLB or BScLLB or BSecStudLLB or BSocScLLB)
Corequisites Corequisites
LAW315 and (LAW406 or LAW456)
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit examines fundamental aspects of litigation, which deals with principles and rules governing the preparation and conduct of disputes to be heard by courts of law. It covers the principles of civil procedure, and the rules of evidence in civil and criminal matters. Major topics include pre-trial civil procedures, concepts of relevance, privilege and proof, and major aspects of evidence law such as competence and compellability of witnesses, examination of witnesses, hearsay, admissions, opinion, tendency and coincidence, credibility and character evidence and unreliable evidence. Particular attention is paid to current uniform evidence legislation. It also introduces students to issues concerning the nature of adversarial disputation, the ethics of litigation practice, and access to and administration of justice.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an ability to explain and analyse the nature and principles of civil procedure
  2. Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of pre-trial rules of procedure
  3. Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  4. Students will demonstrate an ability to exercise autonomy in their research and writing by extending beyond the provided material to find ideas and information appropriate to analysing the law of evidence in a practical context.
  5. Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  6. Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  7. Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules
  8. Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

General Assessment Information

Disruption to Study and Special Consideration

If a student suffers a disruption to study which is ‘serious and unavoidable’, he or she may apply for special consideration. In order to do so, the student must meet the criteria under the Macquarie University ‘Disruption to Studies’ policy and be approved by the Unit Convenor.  Applications are made online at ask.mq.edu.au. Outcomes for recognized serious and unavoidable disruptions to studies are as set out in the University schedule: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/schedule_outcomes.html

If a disruption to study is not ‘serious and unavoidable’, the approach to special consideration and the impact on your assessment will be as follows:

1.       Attendance for tutorial and on campus session: You will be marked as absent.

2.       Class Participation

  • For internal student tutorials: You may receive a zero grade for class participation if there are more than three unauthorized absences
  • For external student on campus sessions: You will receive a zero grade for the class participation if you fail to attend the OCS.

3.       Quizzes and Assignment

  • No submission: You will receive a zero grade for the assessment task.
  • Late submission: You will receive a zero grade for the assessment task.
  • Preparation affected: Your circumstances will not be taken into account.

4.       Examinations

  • Absence: You will receive a zero grade for the Examination.
  • Performance affected: Your circumstances will not be taken into account.
  • Preparation affected: Your circumstances will not be taken into account.

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Class participation 10% Ongoing
Early assessment 10% 24 August 2017
Civil Procedure Examination 25% No 2/9/17(Int)/ 7/10/17(Ext)
Evidence Quiz 10% 20/10/2017
Research Assignment 30% 5pm Friday 3/11/2017
Evidence Take home Examination 15% No Friday, 17/11/2017

Class participation

Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 10%

Internal students will participate in a compulsory one-hour tutorial every week.  External students will be expected to fulfil the class participation requirements at the On-Campus Session (OCS).  Attendance at the OCS is compulsory for external students.  Tutorials will explore, analyse and apply the principal doctrinal rules covered in lectures. In order to qualify for a class participation mark (10%), students must sign up to be on-call for one tutorial in the semester.  On call options will include answering questions and moot/mock hearing.  Internal students must attend at least 9 of the 12 scheduled tutorials to achieve satisfactory attendance and participation.  External students must attend the OCS on 29 September and 30 September 2017. Students who are unable to attend must apply for a disruption to studies. If that application is accepted, alternative work will be set in lieu of on-campus attendance.

Further information and grading criteria for the class participation mark will be posted on the iLearn unit web page. 

 

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain and analyse the nature and principles of civil procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of pre-trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Early assessment

Due: 24 August 2017
Weighting: 10%

The early assessment task is an online (through iLearn) multiple choice quiz to take place in Week 4, Thursday 24 August 2017. This assessment task’s purpose is to engage students with their unit early in the session and to provide an opportunity for relatively early feedback. The early assessment will test students' incorporation of fundamental concepts of litigation systems and civil procedure. It will test students' knowledge and understanding of materials and readings based on the first three lectures of the semester.  The quiz will be open from 7am to 7pm but students will have only 30 minutes to complete the quiz from the time they commence. Further details will be provided on iLearn.

Students who are unable to sit for the test at the designated time must contact the unit convenor and make a disruption to study application and, if it is approved, may sit for an equivalent test by appointment with the unit convenor.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain and analyse the nature and principles of civil procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of pre-trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure

Civil Procedure Examination

Due: 2/9/17(Int)/ 7/10/17(Ext)
Weighting: 25%

This assessment is an on line examination submitted through Turnitin.  It will be a 1.5 hour examination but students will be given 3 hours to complete the examination in order to accommodate potential IT issues.  The examination will run from 9am to 12midday on Saturday 2 September 2017 for internal students and at 9am to 12midday on Saturday 7 October 2017 for external students.  The examination will test the Civil Procedure Material covered in the first 4 weeks of lectures and the corresponding tutorials (held from Week 2-5). 

Any student who is unable to complete the mid-semester examination due to exceptional and unforeseen circumstances must contact the unit convenor at the earliest possible opportunity and also make an application, with appropriate evidence, in accordance with the university's disruption to study policy. If approved, the student may be permitted to attend any supplementary exam that is held for the unit at a time and place determined by the unit convenor. In such cases, students must be prepared to attend the supplementary exam outside the official university exam period.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain and analyse the nature and principles of civil procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of pre-trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules

Evidence Quiz

Due: 20/10/2017
Weighting: 10%

This Online Quiz on Friday, 20 October 2017 is worth 10%. The quiz will test the first half of the Evidence aspect of the course; namely Trial Processes, Relevance, Exclusion of admissible evidence and Hearsay.  The quiz will be open from 7am to 7pm but students will have only 30 minutes to complete the quiz from the time they commence. The quiz will be available through iLearn and further details will be provided on iLearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Research Assignment

Due: 5pm Friday 3/11/2017
Weighting: 30%

The Research Assignment in this unit is compulsory and will focus predominantly on the law of Evidence. The research assignment question will be available on iLearn by Week 5. The assignment must be a properly referenced formal response with appropriate analysis and argument supported by relevant authoritative cases and commentary which extend beyond the reading material provided on iLearn. It must be kept to a maximum 2,000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography) and is to be submitted on the Turnitin link in iLearn. The actual word length must be stated on the assignment. In completing the assignment, students must comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed). The Guide is available at:  

http://mulr.law.unimelb.edu.au/go/AGLC3

Assignments lodged out of time will not be marked and will result in a zero grade for the assignment. Students who are seeking an extension of time must contact the unit convenor at the earliest possible opportunity and also lodge an application in accordance with the University’s disruption to study policy. If the application is approved by the unit convenor, an extension may be granted.  


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to exercise autonomy in their research and writing by extending beyond the provided material to find ideas and information appropriate to analysing the law of evidence in a practical context.
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Evidence Take home Examination

Due: Friday, 17/11/2017
Weighting: 15%

This take home examination is on Friday, 17 November 2017 and is worth 15%. The examination will take the form of a quiz which will test the second half of the Evidence aspect of the course; namely Opinion Evidence, Tendency and Coincidence Evidence, Credibility and Character Evidence.  The exmination will be open from 9am to 5pm but students will have only 1 hour to complete the examination from the time they commence. The examination will be available through iLearn and further details will be provided on iLearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Delivery and Resources

DELIVERY AND RESOURCES Delivery: Day, External

This unit will use: iLearn webpage and Echo recorded lectures.  Students will require computer and internet access.

Times and Locations for Lectures and Tutorials For current updates, lecture times and classrooms please consult the MQ Timetables website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au.

Prescribed Texts:

S Willis,  Civil Procedure , Palgrave MacMillan, 2012

J Anderson, Uniform Evidence Law: Text and Essential Cases, 3rd ed, The Federation Press, 2016

Recommended Texts

M Kumar, M Legg and I Vickovich, Civil Procedure in NSW, 3rd ed, Thomson Reuters 2016

A Ligertwood & G Edmond, Australian Evidence: A Principled Approach to the Common Law and the Uniform Acts, 5th ed, LexisNexis, 2010

N Williams, J Anderson, J Maychurch & J Roy, Uniform Evidence in Australia, LexisNexis 2015

Hon D Heydon, Cross on Evidence, 10th ed. LexisNexis, 2014

S Odgers, Uniform Evidence Law, 12th ed, Thomson Reuters (Lawbook Co), 2016

M Kumar, S Odgers & E Peden, Uniform Evidence Law: Commentary and Materials, 5th ed, Thomson Reuters (Lawbook Co), 2015

B Cairns, Australian Civil Procedure, 11th ed, Thomson Reuters, 2016

D Bamford,& M Rankin, Principles of Civil Litigation, 2nd ed, Thomson Reuters, 2014

Unit Schedule

Week/Topic No.         Topic

1                              Introduction; Overview of Litigation Systems

2                              Civil Procedure I

3                              Civil Procedure II

4                              Civil Procedure III

5                              Proof, Trial Process I

6                              Trial process II

7                               Relevance; Exclusion of Admissible Evidence

8                               Hearsay Evidence

9                               Hearsay Evidence; Admissions

10                            Opinion Evidence

11                            Tendency and Coincidence Evidence

12                            Credibility and Character Evidence

Note: For internal students, tutorials commence in week 2

Note: For external students, topics 1-7 will be covered on 29 September 2017 and topics 8-12 will be covered on 30 September 2017.  For external students, the on-campus session is compulsory. Students who are unable to attend must apply for a disruption to studies. If that application is accepted, alternative work will be set in lieu of on-campus attendance.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Any application for extensions of time must comply with the information provided in this Unit Guide under 'Assessment Tasks'. An application in accordance with the university's disruption to study policy will be required in all cases.

Students requiring special arrangements for the completion of any assessment task (including the final exam) due to any disability must contact Campus Wellbeing and seek advice. The unit convenor will deal with such cases only with the approval of Campus Wellbeing.

 

Macquarie Law School Assessment Policy

Word limits in Macquarie Law School assessments are strictly applied. The word limit does not include footnotes or bibliographies where they are required.Unless explicitly indicated otherwise, referencing must comply with the current version of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. In the absence of a successful application for special consideration, any assessment task submitted after its published deadline will not be graded and will receive a mark of zero.

In the absence of a successful application for special consideration due to a disruption to studies, any assessment task submitted after its published deadline will not be graded and will receive a mark of zero.  Applications for a Disruption to Studies are made electronically via ask.mq.edu.au and should be accompanied by supporting documentation.  Students should refer to the Disruption to Studies policy for complete details of the policy and a description of the supporting documentation required.

Word limits will be strictly applied and work above the word limit will not be marked. 

All assessments in the unit are to be submitted electronically. Plagiarism detection software is used in this unit.

Moderation

Detailed marking rubrics will be made available on iLearn.  Markers in this unit will all review a common sample of papers to establish a common marking standard and all Fail papers are double marked. 

 

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

Students with disability who wish to seek special consideration for any assessment item must advise the unit convenor and also formally apply for special consideration for each task.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain and analyse the nature and principles of civil procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of pre-trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Assessment tasks

  • Early assessment
  • Civil Procedure Examination
  • Research Assignment

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of pre-trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Assessment tasks

  • Class participation
  • Early assessment
  • Civil Procedure Examination
  • Evidence Quiz
  • Research Assignment
  • Evidence Take home Examination

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain and analyse the nature and principles of civil procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to exercise autonomy in their research and writing by extending beyond the provided material to find ideas and information appropriate to analysing the law of evidence in a practical context.
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Assessment tasks

  • Class participation
  • Civil Procedure Examination
  • Research Assignment

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Assessment tasks

  • Civil Procedure Examination
  • Research Assignment

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain and analyse the nature and principles of civil procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of pre-trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to exercise autonomy in their research and writing by extending beyond the provided material to find ideas and information appropriate to analysing the law of evidence in a practical context.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Assessment tasks

  • Class participation
  • Civil Procedure Examination
  • Research Assignment

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules

Assessment tasks

  • Class participation
  • Research Assignment

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the appropriateness and fairness of the principal procedural and evidentiary rules

Assessment task

  • Class participation

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to exercise autonomy in their research and writing by extending beyond the provided material to find ideas and information appropriate to analysing the law of evidence in a practical context.
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Assessment tasks

  • Early assessment
  • Evidence Quiz
  • Research Assignment
  • Evidence Take home Examination

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain and analyse the nature and principles of civil procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of pre-trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to explain the reasons for, and describe and analyse the content of trial rules of procedure
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to exercise autonomy in their research and writing by extending beyond the provided material to find ideas and information appropriate to analysing the law of evidence in a practical context.
  • Students will demonstrate comprehension of the principal rules of evidence and the exceptions to those rules.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to synthesise, evaluate and apply the main exceptions to the principal rules of evidence
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the principal procedural and evidentiary rules to factual scenarios and problems.

Assessment tasks

  • Class participation
  • Early assessment
  • Civil Procedure Examination
  • Evidence Quiz
  • Research Assignment
  • Evidence Take home Examination

Changes from Previous Offering

The areas of law covered by this course; civil procedure and evidence have not changed from prior years.  The mode of assessment for this course has changed with the exam being moved forward and relating to civil procedure instead of evidence; the assignment coming later and relating to evidence and the introduction of 2 additional on line quizzes on evidence.