LAWS 4003


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Justice & Society

Course aim

The aims of this course are to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the rules of evidence within the context of the adversarial system of justice as well as developing skills relevant to ongoing learning and professional practice.

Course content

The course covers the rules of evidence as applied in South Australian and Federal criminal and civil jurisdictions. Fundamental concepts relating to the adversarial system including the role of the advocate, ethical issues, the burden of proof and judicial discretion are considered. The course also examines the various means of proof: oral testimony, documents and real evidence. Emphasis is placed on the trial process - competence and compellability, examination of witnesses generally, and of particular witnesses whose evidence may require an appreciation of age, gender and cultural differences. The skill of adducing evidence and making objections to evidence will be developed within the context of the trial process. Exclusionary rules such as hearsay, dispositional evidence and opinion evidence and their exceptions are considered in depth.


Hemming, A & Layton, R 2022, Evidence Law in Qld, SA and WA , 2nd Edition, Thomson Reuters, Pyrmont N.S.W.


Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
LAWS 2030 Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS 1032 Torts
LAWS 1029 Contracts



Teaching method

Component Duration
Workshop 3 hours x 10 weeks
Online (recorded lecture) 1 hour x 10 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Advocacy exercise, Learning log/Journal, Model, Test/Quiz


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 4C)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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