University of Technology Sydney

65863 Expert Evidence Presentation

6cp; 6hpw
Requisite(s): 65864c Honours (Forensic Science) 1 OR 65865c Honours (Forensic Science) 2
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Anti-requisite(s): 79028 Complex Forensic Cases (Law for Biology)


This subject deals with the legal issues involving forensic science in the field and in the laboratory and the impact of scientific evidence on the legal system. Students receive some training in the preparation of reports and in the presentation of evidence in court and participate in a mock trial at the end of the subject in order to consolidate these skills. This subject is studied under the following broad topic areas: introduction to the Australian legal system, criminal law, tort law, Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000 (NSW), evidence, Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW), the role of the expert, advocacy and coronial law. This subject aims to provide an understanding of:

  • the legal and practical issues of forensic science
  • the impact of forensic science on the legal system, and
  • the traditional and emerging admissibility standards involving forensic science evidence.

In addition the subject consolidates crucial communication skills through the written case study and the mock trial.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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