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Forensic Investigation - FSCT


While no outlines currently exist for this course, below are the course learning outcomes/competencies.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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

  • Explain the fundamental legal principles that govern all criminal proceedings in Canada, including those principles applicable to the adversarial system of justice upon which we rely.
  • Identify the rights of accused persons in Canadian law, and the obligations of agents of the state, including investigators and Crown Counsel, and to discuss the key underlying principles.
  • Compare and contrast the respective roles of Crown Counsel, defence counsel and the judge and jury, and explore other perspectives on the Canadian criminal justice system, including those of professional and civilian witnesses in a proceeding.
  • Outline the stages of a Canadian criminal proceeding from investigation to sentencing, and explain the purpose of a criminal trial.
  • State what constitutes evidence, who can call evidence, who can give evidence, and how evidence is introduced in a criminal trial.
  • Identify and explain the fundamental principles of expert opinion evidence in Canada.
  • Assess potential evidence in terms of its relevance, materiality, and admissibility, and the application of the criteria to the expert witness's unique evidentiary role in a criminal proceeding.
  • Categorize and describe the specific features of real, testimonial and recorded evidence, the concept and importance of admissions, and the evidentiary rules of exclusion.
  • Describe the components and importance of continuity and integrity of exhibits and evidence tracking while working in an accredited forensic laboratory.
  • Discuss trial strategies and tactics used by both Crown and defence counsel.

Effective as of Fall 2020

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