2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Oct 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJ 245 Evidence Law (5 credits)



Distribution Area Fulfilled General Transfer Elective
Course Description
A survey of the laws governing the admission of evidence, federal rules of evidence, requirements for presenting and ensuring the reliability of various types of evidence (such as witness competence, questioning, objections, best evidence requirements for documents, exceptions, exclusions, etc.). Analysis of case decisions on the collection and presentation of evidence in criminal trials, and the application of laws to the law enforcement profession.

Student Outcomes
1. Define the forms and types of evidence used in criminal proceedings.
2. Define the general tests for admissibility of evidence and issues of “contamination”.
3. Identify the court proceedings for evidence admissibility.
4. Evaluate witness credibility in legal cases.
5. Analyze the legal aspects of admissibility of notetaking, photographs and sketch.
6. Describe the major sources of documentary evidence and information and the practical and legal limitation on their use.
7. Explain the rationales for allowing the major exceptions to the “Hearsay” rule and the rules that determine the applicability to such exceptions.
8. Apply the rules of evidence to a case study and justify the sequence of actions.
9. Examine and apply ethical conduct of a criminal investigation.
10. Analyze the importance of the “best evidence rule” and apply to specific scenarios.
11. Apply the rules of evidence, effects of testimony, witness statements the rationalize actions taken.
12. Access and apply primary-source legal databases and resources, to include the American Academy of Forensic Science.



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