ADJ 131 Syllabus


Division:  Arts and Sciences                                                                                             Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:  ADJ 131,  Legal Evidence I


Credit Hours:     3          Hours/Wk Lecture:      3     Hours/Wk. Lab:              Lec/Lab:



I.              Catalog Description:     Surveys the identification, degrees, and admissibility of evidence for criminal prosecution; examines pre-trial procedures as they pertain to the rules of evidence.  Lecture:  3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:


ADJ 131 is a second semester and is a required course in order to fulfill all requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Administration of Justice.  ADJ 131 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.


III.           Required background:


ENG 111 eligibility


IV.          Course Content:


A.     History and Development of Evidence

B.     Burden of Proof

C.    Proof via Evidence

D.    Judicial Notice

E.     Presumptions, Inferences, and Stipulations

F.     Relevancy and Materiality

G.    Competency of Evidence and Witnesses

H.    Examination of Witnesses

I.       Privileges

J.      Opinions and Expert Testimony

K.     Hearsay Rule and Exceptions

L.     Documentary Evidence

M.    Real Evidence

N.    Results of Examinations and Tests

O.    Evidence Unconstitutionally Obtained

P.     Mock Trial


V.           Learner Outcomes


The student will be able to:

VI.          Evaluation

A.               define the major steps in the evolutionary path of the rules of evidence

B.               learn rules governing courtroom witness testimony

C.               define key groupings of evidence (direct vs indirect; circumstantial; documentary)

D.               explain unique forms of physical evidence and the applicable rules of evidence

E.               explain final disposition of courtroom evidence as a function of courtroom rulings

F.                Apply legal evidence knowledge to a “mock trial” activity


Students will be evaluated by quizzes, case briefs, case finder

exercises, examinations, papers on special projects as determined by faculty.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments beyond examinations as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII. This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding