LW7064 - Evidence

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What will I learn on this module?

This is a core module for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training programmes at Northumbria University. Building on criminal law courses of the Qualifying Law Degree, this module will provide you with a sound understanding of current procedures relating to the following topics:
- police investigative powers
- pre-trial issues
- the roles of the Magistrates’, Crown and appellate Courts
- youth courts
- summary trials
- jury trials
- evidential rules relating to criminal cases
- sentencing powers of the various courts
- appeal procedures
On successful completion, you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of criminal process as a whole, how cases progress through the system and a knowledge and understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main evidential rules relevant to criminal matters.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of large and small group sessions and directed learning. You will be expected to engage in some independent learning to consolidate your learning and prepare for group sessions, including the investigation of factual and legal issues and the providing of practical legal advice.

The large group sessions will be delivered to the entire module cohort and will be used to introduce you to the major principles of each
topic. They will place these principles in context by examining them against relevant factual scenarios. The aims of the large group sessions will be to:
- Give an overview of the module area;
- To prioritise learning points within a topic;
- To explain, emphasis and demonstrate, with examples, substantive or procedural points within a particular transactional context;
- To focus on areas within the module that pose particular difficulties and require further explanation or examples;
- To encourage students to consider the module from a practical perspective as they will do later in their pupillages.

The small group sessions will expand on the material covered in the large group sessions with emphasis on the use of practical scenarios as the basis for relevant skills based and interactive sessions to apply that material to a scenario. The aims of the small group sessions will be to:
- Develop areas introduced in the large group sessions and in the small group session preparation;
- Develop problem-solving and other legal skills;
- Promote intellectual inquiry;
- Implement knowledge in a practical way to solve clients’ legal problems;
- Develop teamwork and both collective and individual presentation skills.

You will be given directed learning which will both expand on the materials provided in the large group sessions and cover specific topics not dealt with in those sessions. This will be supported by formative self-test and multiple choice questions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University is well placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, access to on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module will be managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions will be accessible online through the module eLP site, maintained by your Module Tutor, and will give guidance on legal skills, assessment and provide self-study materials. You may communicate with your Module Tutor by email or telephone and are encouraged to make contact if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the module.

Academic support is also available through feedback on set and multiple choice questions undertaken through the eLP and in the small group sessions. You will have the opportunity to formally sit a mock exam and feedback on the mock exam will be given in a large group session. At a programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader and Personal Tutor who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

The Programme Administration and Student Progress teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module; they will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the centralised assessment, and other issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Develop knowledge understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main evidential rules relevant to criminal matters in England and Wales together with a critical appreciation of how cases progress through the court system.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the provisions of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales, and demonstrate adherence to that Code.

• demonstrate the capacity to provide a professional and responsible approach to clients who place trust in the profession on the basis that the service provided will be of benefit.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• display a professional and responsible approach to the course, staff and other students, and to observe the Code of Practice in order to prevent exploitation of clients and preserve the integrity of the profession, maintaining the public’s trust and ensuring continuance of the provision of service

• act in a fashion which demonstrates awareness of diversity, and is non-discriminatory

How will I be assessed?

The module will be assessed by one 3 hour examination, comprised of Part A multiple choice test (MCT) questions, set centrally and marked electronically, plus Part B short answer questions (SAQs), set centrally but marked locally. The students must pass each Part. Assessment will be such that a broad range of the syllabus is assessed and that any part of it may be assessed. No indication will be given to students as to which parts of the syllabus will or will not be assessed.

Formative assessment will be provided by a combination of set questions and multiple choice questions which students will complete through the module e-learning portal site and in small group sessions. Students will also have the opportunity to formally sit a mock examination paper, when feedback will be given.

The set and multiple choice questions are undertaken in a small group session and feedback given during this session. Feedback on the mock examination will be given via a large group session. Students will also be able to meet with their tutor to discuss any particular concerns.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This is a core module for the Bar Professional Training Course and delivered across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training courses at Northumbria University. Building on criminal law courses of the Qualifying Law Degree, this module will provide you with a sound understanding of current procedures relating to police investigative powers, pre-trial issues, the roles of the Magistrates’, Crown and appellate Courts, youth courts, summary and jury trials and evidential rules relating to criminal cases. On successful completion, you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of criminal process as a whole, how cases progress through the court system and a knowledge and understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main evidential rules relevant to criminal matters.

Course info

Credits 0

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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