Credit Units: 4
Lecturer: Esther Aristides Hamman, LL.B (HONS) BL, LL.M, Email Id; firstname.lastname@example.org, College of Arts, Law, Administration & Management Sciences, Department of Law, Policy & Strategic Studies
This course continues with an exposition of the principles governing admissions of evidence in trial. Successful completion of Law of Evidence I is therefore a pre-requisite for this course.
- Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, it is expected that the student should be able to:
- Identify different types of documents and the rules on their production as evidence
- Explain privilege and the rules regarding privileged communications
- What standard of proof and Burden of proof
- Rationalize the burden of proof both in criminal and civil trials
- Characteristics and elements of Estoppel
- Discuss hearsay and the exceptions to the general rule
- Identify character evidence and distinguish the rules regarding character evidence in criminal cases vis-a`-vis civil cases and
- Distinguish between competence and compellability of witnesses.
- Evidence under customary and Islamic law
- Opinion Evidence and character Evidence
- Course content.
Character Evidence; opinion Evidence; Hearsay Evidence; Estoppel; Competence and compellability of witnesses; privileged Generally; Corroboration; Burden of proof; Documentary Evidence ;bankers’ books and entries in book of account, Evidence under customary law/Islamic law.
- Teaching methodologies
Lectures, case studies, seminars, tutorials and group discussions.
- Course assessment
Continuous assessment tests, assignment, class participation, tutorials sessions, role-plays, projects and term papers will comprise 30% of the total marks at the end of the semester. Where appropriate, the proposed assessment method for the continuous assessment test/assignment may be modified to suit the course content. The other 70% of the marks will be derived from final examination offered at the end of the semester. The marks can be broken down as follows:
- Text books and other course materials
- R. Cross and C. Tapper Cross on Evidence, (Butter worth, 1985)
- Steve Uglow Evidence: Text and Materials, (2nd Ed.) Sweet & Maxwell 2006)
Dennis, I. The Law of Evidence (3rd Ed.). London: Sweet & Maxwell, (2007).
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