LLB Criminal Evidence

Student studying lecture notesModule leader: Dr Imogen Jones

Module description:

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
  • Relevance
  • 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.