Catalogue 2014 - 2015

CJ 220 Evidence

Credits

3 cr.

Prerequisite

CJ major or Forensic Chemistry major, or permission of the instructor.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a general overview of the rules of evidence as practiced in the various courts of the United States. These rules are drawn from the rules of evidence as they existed as common law and were modified by various U.S. Federal Courts. The course is designed to give students some background into the origin, usually dictated by a need, of certain rules of evidence at common law, and to view these rules as modified by contemporary courts. It has become increasingly important for all individuals working in the field of criminal justice to have some familiarity with evidentiary rules so that significant evidence may be perceived and preserved, and that criminal investigation may avoid the pitfall of obtaining evidence of little or no value in the courtroom.