Module leader: Dr Imogen Jones
This module explores the rules and principles that regulate the trial stage of the criminal process. The module is socio-legal in its approach, placing as much emphasis on the theoretical and political context of rules as the content of those rules. It also challenges students to consider a normative agenda. Topics to be covered include the following;
- Models of proof
- Adversarial techniques
- Principles of criminal evidence
- Burden and standard of proof
- Inferences and Bayesian reasoning
In addition, a number of specific evidential rules will be examined. This may include: vulnerable witnesses, character evidence, hearsay evidence, double jeopardy, confessions and improperly obtained evidence.