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PRKS 3140 - Effective Evidence Reporting

Parks Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course focuses on taking effective statements; the Judge Rules for statements; admissability of evidence; and effective evidence reporting.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 32431

Start any time

This is a distance learning course. Start any time. You have 26 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.


Tom Saare

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Correspondence format.
  2. Students have up to 26 weeks for completion of this course. Information about start up and material for this course will be emailed to students upon registration. Please provide an active email account for correspondence and contact the Program Assistant for further details:
  3. Important course information will be sent to you immediately after registering. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

Module 1 - Effective Statements

  • Define Statement as it relates to a person suspected of committing an offence or involvement in an incident, or to the witness of an incident.
  • Define inculpatory and exculpatory statements giving examples of each.
  • List two reasons statements should be used by investigators.
  • List two changes that will affect the use of statements and the statement taker directly, as a result of legislative changes and high court rulings.

Module 2 - Model Statements

  • List in the proper sequence, nine components or parts of a typical statement.
  • Provide two reasons why the Charter of Rights Notice must be given to arrested or detained persons before taking a statement.
  • Provide the most recent definition of detained as interpreted by the higher courts.
  • Explain why the POLICE WARNING must be given to a suspect before taking a statement.
  • Describe four different methods of recording information from a statement giver.
  • List two advantages and two disadvantages of each of the above methods.

Module 3 -Admissibility

  • Define:
    • A person in authority.
    • The IBRAHIM rule.
  • Explain why some inducements will render a statement inadmissible.
  • Provide at least three examples of inducements that would probably render a statement inadmissible.
  • Explain how to remove any minor inducements that were previously involved.
  • Define a 'Voir dire' including information about potential witnesses for Voir dire and anticipated questions related to statements involved.
  • List three types of statements/testimonies that are inadmissible in courtroom proceedings.

Module 4 - Guidelines and Judges' Rules

  • Describe the 'Judges' Rules' as they relate to statements and Canadian Law.
  • List at least three of the original 'Judges' Rules' (1912/18) and three of the revised 'Judges' Rules' (1964).
  • List four guidelines for taking statements with a brief outline of each one.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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