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FSCT 7002 Criminal Law 2: Legal Evidence

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program Forensic Investigation (Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity)
Course Credits 2.5
Minimum Passing Grade 60%
Start Date January 06, 2021
End Date March 24, 2021
Total Hours 30
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 2.5
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites FSCT 7001
CRN 80844

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Brent Bagnall
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location n/a
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Forensic evidence is subject to all the general rules related to the admissibility of evidence in the criminal trial process and is also subject to certain unique rules of scrutiny. This course examines the fundamental laws of evidence within the adversarial process and provides a context for the expert in their role as witness.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare the respective roles of Crown Counsel, Defence Counsel and the trial judge in the Canadian adversarial system.
  • Outline the rights of accused in Canadian law and discuss the key underlying principles.
  • Outline the principles of: what constitutes evidence, who can call evidence, who can give evidence, and how evidence is introduced in a criminal trial.
  • Assess basic principles of evidence including: relevance, materiality, admissibility, discretion, competence, compellability, capacity, skill, means, motive, hearsay, and Identification evidence.
  • Categorize and assess features of real and demonstrative evidence, circumstantial evidence and opinion evidence.
  • Outline general principles of expert opinion evidence.
  • Evaluate key factors and issues involved in publication of courtroom proceedings (Bans on Publication).
  • Outline evidentiary considerations brought about by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms including through the use of search warrants.
  • Outline the general principles regarding statements made by accused persons and the procedural path to having those statements admitted as evidence (voir dire).

Learning Resources

Lecture, class discussion, handouts and online open source resources.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Group Assignment20

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I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Brent Bagnall, Instructor
December 31, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
David McKay, FSA PTS Administration-122120
January 08, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Jennifer Talman, Associate Dean
January 08, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.