2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
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2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJ 245 Evidence Law (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled General Transfer Elective
Course Description
A study of the Rules of Evidence and Court Procedures in State and Federal Courts. Through case analysis and court simulations, the course emphasizes the importance of these rules in promoting justice and equity in the Criminal Justice System.

Course Content
Evolution of case law and admissibility of evidence
Forms and types of evidence used in criminal proceedings
General tests for admissibility of evidence and issues of “contamination”
Court proceedings for evidence admissibility
Witness credibility in legal cases
Legal aspects of admissibility of notetaking, photographs, and sketch
Sources of documentary evidence and use limitations
Exceptions to the “Hearsay” rule and the rules that determine the applicability to such exceptions
Rules of evidence in cases studies that justify the sequence of actions
Ethical conduct of a criminal investigation
The “best evidence rule” and application
Application of the rules of evidence, effects of testimony, witness statements the rationalize actions taken
Primary-source legal databases and resources, including the American Academy of Forensic Science
Student’s personal bias, values, and beliefs associated with criminal justice issues
Impact of the criminal law and the criminal justice system through an intersectional and multicultural lens

Student Outcomes
1. Analyze the history and evolution of criminal evidence law as it pertains to the admissibility and use of evidence in criminal proceedings.

2. Communicate the actual implementation of criminal evidence law on groups of people through historical, intersectional, and multicultural lens.

3. Relate how their positionality, biases, values, and beliefs impact their view of criminal court proceedings connected to criminal evidence law.

4. Examine the relationship between the 6th Amendment of the United States Constitution and formal evidence of law and their application to diverse groups of people through section historical, intersectional, and multicultural lens.

Degree Outcomes
Programs Outcome: Graduates will critically evaluate past, present and future discrimination and privilege of individuals, societies, groups and institutions.

Critical, Creative, and Reflective Thinking: Graduates will evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and generate ideas; construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions; and process feelings, beliefs, biases, strengths, and weaknesses as they relate to their thinking, decisions, and creations.

Effective Communication: Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Information Competency: Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information, and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Global Citizenship: Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable and equitable systems.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50

Potential Methods
A. Objective exam
B. Oral interview
C. Instructor evaluation
D. Essay
E. Subjective exam
F. Group or individual project
G. Case study
H. Assessment center
I. Group discussion
J. Report
K. Peer evaluation

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