Module leader: Dr Imogen Jones
This module addresses a key area of the criminal process, the process of proof in criminal trials. This provides an essential link between the pre and post trial processes and between political context and substantive criminal law. The 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.
Models of proof
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.
Methods of assessment
Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.
One 3-hour written examination
If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.