Criminal Evidence and Process

Module code: M3053
Level 6
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay

This module examines different rules of criminal evidence and their impact. The module offers a critical, inter-disciplinary approach to contemporary issues in criminal evidence which, for time reasons, cannot be covered in traditional evidence modules (see The Law of Evidence module). Over the past three decades, rules of criminal evidence have been subject to radical change - which has had a significant impact on individual rights and the relationship between the State and the individual. Such changes are often justified on the grounds of ‘need’ to tackle particular challenges (such as terrorism, organised crime, corruption, anti-social behaviour, etc), with little consideration of their impact at the coalface of the criminal justice system. This module provides analysis of such contemporary issues

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of different aspects of criminal evidence, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge
  • A conceptual understanding of evidential rules in order to describe, explain, and critique selected reforms in the criminal justice system
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically apply doctrinal legal analysis to selected issues in criminal evidence.
  • Discuss, in-depth, through case studies, contemporary challenges in criminal evidence
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research on criminal evidence
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage their own learning, by accessing and using relevant scholarly literature alongside primary legal sources