Course number: LAW 2600
The course is meant to provide a broad survey of the body of legal rules applicable to the admission and presentation of evidence. The course begins with an explanation of the essential concepts of relevancy and materiality. The course then provides detailed overviews of rules that pertain to the admission or exclusion of otherwise relevant evidence: including character evidence, hearsay evidence, opinion evidence, disclosure of evidence from relationships of privilege, rules against compelling a criminal accused to incriminate him or herself, and the exclusion of evidence under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The course then proceeds towards an overview of rules that pertain to the effective presentation of evidence, such as limits on questions during examination-in-chief or cross-examination. The final parts of the course will then examine a number of contemporary challenges arising from the law of evidence that face today’s lawyers, including: examinations in discovery and the modern civil process, evidence in sexual assault cases, the increasing role of science in the legal process, and Aboriginal oral history.