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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.
Note: Required prerequisite is FSCT 7001. This course will be exclusively online for the Winter 2021 term and classes will be taught live for 12 weeks on Wednesdays from 6:30pm - 9:40 pm (1830-2140) . All course materials will be accessible online in open source except for supplementary materials that the instructor will distribute to the students. Your instructor will email you before the start of this course with further details. For information on Forensics programs and courses, please visit www.bcit.ca/cas/Forensics or email one of the Program Assistants at BCIT_Forensics@BCIT.ca.
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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).
Effective as of Winter 2011
FSCT 7002 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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