Instructor(s): Hamish Stewart

For graduate students, the course number is LAW2024H.

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet 3 times a week, two times in-person and once via audio-visual conference. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of the law of evidence. Common law and statutory rules of evidence are analyzed in light of the adversary system, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and other social values. While both civil and criminal evidence issues are considered, the focus is on the admissibility of evidence in criminal cases. Topics to be covered may include: relevancy, testimonial competence, the rule against hearsay, opinion evidence, character evidence, privilege and related matters, confessions, and illegally obtained evidence.

Will be by a three-hour open book final examination, based on a detailed fact situation distributed in advance (90%) and class participation (10%).
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

First Term



79 JD


W: 9:30 - 10:40 am (in-class) J250
Th: 9:30 - 10:50 am (AV Conference)
F: 9:30 - 10:40 am (in-class) J250