Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Rules of Evidence

 Title Abbreviation:   RULES OF EVIDENCE

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    208

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Rules of evidence as they apply to criminal justice, why we have them, how they work, their relevance. Understanding of the hearsay rule, evidence presentation, burden of proof, witness competency/impeachment, judicial notice and privileges.


Prerequisite: CJ& 101 and CJ 111 with a "D" or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the principles involved in the application of the role of the investigator to the rules of evidence.
  2. Relate the categories of evidence, their meaning and influence in the criminal field.
  3. Specify the elements of relevancy, competency, and materiality, furnishing examples.
  4. Identify the factors involved in determining competency in matters of insanity, infancy, prior convictions, and husband and wife--it is to include a working knowledge of the Washington State statutes and pertinent cases as they apply.
  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of privileged communications in the five categories--husband and wife; doctor-patient; lawyer-client; priest-penitent; and government secrets; all as specified in the Washington State statutes and cases.
  6. Relate the meanings and application of three judicial doctrines: presumptions, judicial notices and stipulations.
  7. Identify the ´┐Żbest evidence´┐Ż rule and furnish examples.
  8. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of the meaning of venue and jurisdiction.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Trial procedure.
  2. Evidence--rules and kinds.
  3. Witnesses.
  4. Credibility of witnesses.
  5. Hearsay.
  6. Confessions, admissions, and statements.
  7. The United States Constitution 4th Amendment Exclusionary Rule.
  8. Circumstantial evidence, documents, and discovery.
  9. Physical evidence, photographs and testimony.