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Module Title
Law Of Evidence (Online LLB)

Civil And Criminal Evidence; Sufficiency; Relevancy; Admissibility; Presumptions; Witnesses.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2003
ApprovedAugust 2013
AmendedApril 2010
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None other than SCQF 8 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide the student with a working knowledge and understanding of the law of evidence in Scotland, with the ability to apply the rules to practical situations.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Evaluate the requirements of sufficiency of evidence in Scottish criminal and civil cases.
2. Analyse the rules applying to the admission and treatment of opinion evidence in the Scottish criminal and civil courts.
3. Explain and apply the rules of relevancy and admissibility of evidence in criminal and civil cases in the Scottish courts.
4. Explain the competence, compellability and privileges of witnesses in Scottish criminal and civil courts.

Indicative Module Content

This module will cover the main aspects of evidence in both civil and criminal cases namely: relevance of evidence, the burden of proof, sufficiency of evidence, judicial knowledge, admissibility of evidence, competence and compellability of witnesses, privileges of witnesses and communications, disclosure and recovery of evidence,forms of proof and appeals and Human Rights Act 1998 implications of the law of evidence.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Distance Learning
Online activities

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning. In the distance learning mode, in addition, online activities will form part of the module contact time.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2
Component 2 1,2,3,4
Component 3 1,2

Component 1 - Written coursework worth 30% of the overall module grade.

Component 3 - Oral assignment worth 10% of the overall module grade.

Component 2 - Written coursework worth 60% of the overall module grade.

Indicative Bibliography

1.AUCHIE, D.P., 2008. Evidence. 4th ed. Edinburgh: Thomson/W. Green. (Law Basics Series)
2.RAITT, F., 2013. Evidence: principles, policy and practice. 4th ed. Edinburgh: W. Green.
3.ROSS, M. AND CHALMERS, J. 2016. Walker and Walker: the law of evidence in Scotland. 4th ed. Edinburgh: Tottel.

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