LAW30070 Evidence - Foundations

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is the first of two modules examining the rules that regulate the admission of evidence in a court of law. These rules cover the gathering of evidence in advance of trial and its subsequent presentation in the courtroom. This course places particular emphasis on the structure of the trial process and its influence on the manner in which evidence is presented. It also examines witness testimony, safeguards against unreliable evidence and the impact of constitutional rights on persons accused of criminal offences.

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Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students should be able to: apply knowledge of evidentiary rules and constitutional rights to hypothetical fact-based scenarios; identify types of evidence whose reliability is seen as questionable by the courts; recognise the contextual significance of constitutional rights within the trial process; evaluate Irish evidentiary rules as compared to those in other common law countries.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAW41870 - Advanced Evidence 1

Evidence I (LAW37070)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Closed book written examination (2 hours) 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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