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LAWS429 Forensic Law

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The theory of the case and fact-finding, crime scene management and dealing with expert evidence, including forensic pathology, psychological profiling, computer forensics, stains and blood splatter.

Paper title Forensic Law
Paper code LAWS429
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $672.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,118.80

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
May not be credited together with LAWS 486 passed in 2009, 2010, 2012-2015.

Teaching staff

Mr Len Andersen


Course materials are provided.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

The specific outcomes of this paper are to:

  1. Explain the role of expert evidence in the trial process and the duties of experts giving evidence;
  2. Raise awareness of forensic issues such as DNA, fingerprints and blood splatter;
  3. Provide an understanding of the necessity of proper crime scene management;
  4. Become alert to the possibilities of a miscarriage of justice when proper forensic processes are not followed.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system