LAW OF EVIDENCE (UG)
This course examines the concept, nature, objectives and sources of the law of evidence and its rules in Nigeria. It seeks to consider the concept and classification of judicial evidence, the best evidence rule and the relationship between the Nigerian Law of Evidence and the Common Law rules of evidence.
The course will cover such rules as those relating to relevance, admissibility and weight of evidence, burden and standard of proof; facts which need not be proved by virtue of the rules on judicial notice, presumptions, estoppels and information admissions. The course will also examine admissions confession and evidence obtained illegally and its legal status.
This course will encompass the study of the aims and objectives of the Nigerian criminal justice and penal systems, and the degree of acceptance of the respective aims and objectives in Nigeria. It covers the legal framework for and the operation in practice of criminal and juvenile justice administration in Nigeria, within the context of the phonological theories and realities of the Nigerian situation. It will also entail the study of the respective agencies, for criminal justice and juvenile justice administration and treatments of offenders, in particular the courts, the prisons service; the juvenile institutions and the social welfare service.
Also it will examine such special problems as crime and development technology and crime, drugs and narcotics abuse and trafficking, alcoholism, juvenile delinquency and rough crime, women and crime corruption, economic crime, banking frauds computer crimes, organized crime, robberies, etc, and the respective solutions to these problems.
Upon successful completion of the course students would be able to:
- 1. Analyse and define the concept and general nature of evidence, and illustrate the different types of evidence and court procedures relating to evidence
- 2. Determine and analyse the standard of proof and burden of proof in civil and criminal cases, and specify types of presumptions
- 3. Analyse the rule relating to relevance of evidence
- 4. Determine the rules relating to competence and compellability of witnesses
- 5. Analyse, evaluate and assess the framework of statutory and common law rules which provide the basis for evidence to be excluded
- 6. Analyse and evaluate the rules governing examination in chief, cross examination and re-examination, and establish the procedures in the conduct of a civil or criminal trial
- Lectures 27
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 4
- Certificate No
- Assessments Self
INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW OF EVIDENCE
SOURCES OF LAWS OF EVIDENCE
TYPES OF EVIDENCE
PROOF OF FACTS
EXAMINATION OF WITNESSES
ESTOPPELS, COMPETENCE AND COMPELLABILITY OF WITNESSES
BURDEN OF PROOF