The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

LAWS6105

Units

10 units

Level

6000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course deals with the role of experts in legal proceedings. It considers the ways in which experts deal with subject matter and their ethical and professional responsibilities in forming expert opinions and views. The course will cover the role of experts in civil, criminal, family law, coronial and forensic jurisdictions both in domestic and international courts and tribunals and in similar forums. The course has a practical focus and incorporates simulated and clinical experiences.


Availability

Not currently offered.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills necessary to comply with expert rules and principles and effectively deal with experts.

2. Integrate and analyse the theory and practice of expert evidence in legal proceedings.

3. Critically evaluate and reflect on the ethical and professional responsibilities of experts and the principles which apply to them when dealing with courts and tribunals and in legal proceedings


Content

The content in this course includes the following topics:

  1. Principles and rules regarding the use of expert opinion evidence in civil, criminal, family law, forensic and coronial proceedings in Australia and comparative jurisdictions.
  2. The preparation and presentation of expert opinions including the applicable codes of conduct.
  3. The roles of experts in drafting reports and forming expert opinions.
  4. The roles of experts in the giving of evidence in courts and tribunals.
  5. Current developments, challenges and issues regarding the use of expert opinion evidence in legal proceedings.
  6. Interdisciplinary approaches to the role of expert evidence in legal proceedings.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Research assignment

Participation: Seminar participation including clinical exercises

Presentation: Seminar presentation