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duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: LAW20009

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This is a (Priestley 11) unit (VLAB required area of study) completion is required for eligibility for admission to practice as a legal practitioner in Australia

This unit enables students, through the study of cases, statutes and other material, to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of, and competence in, the law of evidence. This unit introduces students to the law governing the collection and use of information that can be placed before courts and other tribunals when they are hearing criminal cases, or adjudicating civil disputes. It also examines the rationale for the rules that comprise the law of evidence and the values they represent. The focus of the unit is the Victorian Evidence Act 2008 which provides a law of evidence that is uniform with the law of the territories, the Commonwealth and NSW.


After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate the law of evidence and related policy debates and reform proposals
  • Locate and interpret legislation relevant to the law of evidence
  • Apply the law of evidence to factual situations and effectively advise clients and others or their evidentiary position
  • Conduct research relating to the law of evidence and procedure and use the results of that research.