- 5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
- Jul 2021
- Core Course
The Law of Evidence is a core course of the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) degree, as mandated by the Bar Council of India. In terms of subject matter, the course is standalone, though it will draw from courses on legal procedure.
The present course approaches the subject of Evidence law from doctrinal as well as practical perspectives. It will cover the principles upon which the subject matter has been founded, and its application through the Indian Evidence Act, 1872. Students will be introduced to both theoretical and historical themes of the subject matter, aiming to develop sufficient understanding and expertise to be able to apply the law. Readings for the course range from case law to scholarship on the subject, divided thematically. There will be discussion of at least three trial court judgments and the recording and evaluation of evidence that occurs at the first instance of adjudication.
The teaching style will be a variation of the Socratic method. Students are expected to read in advance of classes and be able to appreciate the relevance of the readings to class discussions. They are also encouraged to actively participate in classes and respond to issues under discussion. The course is structured in a manner so as to first initiate students to the basics of evidence law and its historical development. Thereafter, students are introduced to conceptual distinctions in evidence law, and to ways of thinking about the subject. The course then divides itself thematically to different areas of evidence law, and deals with them.