Evidence

Quick Info
(2490.04)  Course
Instructor(s)
R. Flumerfelt and P. Scrutton; Adjunct Professors
Winter
4 credit(s)  4 hour(s);
Presentation
Lectures, Discussion, In-Class Problems
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement
No
Praxicum
No

This course will provide students with an essential overview of the law of evidence. The course begins with a discussion of foundational concepts before moving on to consider the rules governing how evidence is admitted in court. Questions about who can give evidence – competence and compellability – are addressed first. Practical topics such as questioning witnesses, refreshing memory, and the introduction of exhibits will also be examined. This will be followed by a consideration of what makes evidence “relevant” – the threshold requirement for admissibility. The course will go on to examine the most common exclusionary rules and their  exceptions, including the Charter, hearsay evidence, character evidence (including the “similar fact” rule), and expert and lay opinion evidence.

By the end of the course students should have a firm grounding in the basic principles of Evidence Law in Canada and the ability to articulate the various rules and to apply them to concrete fact situations.