Module Title:Evidence 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide students with a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the various exclusionary rules and principles of evidence that apply in the Irish court system.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the various exclusionary rules of evidence and the extent to which these rules, as interpreted by the courts, impact upon the tendering of evidence.
LO2 Assess and evaluate the impact of the various privileges and immunities upon the tendering of evidence and discuss the approach of the courts to such privileges and immunities.
LO3 Critically analyse the law and employ knowledge and understanding in solving relevant problems.
LO4 Research aspects of the law of evidence either independently or as part of a group and communicate findings and proposals in written and/or verbal form.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Previous Misconduct Evidence of an Accused
• General Exclusionary Rule • Circumstances of Inclusion • Evolution of Inclusionary Rule • Modern Test - Probative Value v Prejudicial Effect
Cross-Examination of an Accused
• Shield Against Questions revealing previous bad character of accused • Section 1(e) and (f) and S.1A Criminal Justice (Evidence) Act 1924 (as amended) • Circumstances where shield may be lost • Extent of questioning where shield is lost
Improperly Obtained Evidence
• Unconstitutionally obtained evidence  Circumstances of exclusion and inclusion - The JC Principles • Illegally obtained evidence
Confession Evidence
• Admissibility  Voluntariness test  Breach of Constitutional rights  The Judges’ rules  Custody regulations  Breach of fundamental fairness • Corroboration • Electronic recording of interviews
The Rule Against Hearsay
• Definition of the Rule • Rationale of the rule • Hearsay Evidence v Original Evidence • Application of the Rule • Common Law and Statutory Exceptions to the Hearsay Rule • Reform
Privileges and Immunities
• Privilege against self incrimination • Legal Professional Privilege • Public Interest Privilege • Other Privileges
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will be assigned a number of research tasks across the semester and required to present their findings in written and/or oral form. 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHLAW_B Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree - LLB 4 Elective