Welcome to the Evidence Law in Western Australia WikiEdit
This wiki aims to provide free, easily understandable and relevant information about Evidence law relevant to the State of Western Australia in the hope that it will be of some practical assistance for those without or with limited access to legal representation. Evidence law is concerned with what can and cannot be used in court to prove both criminal and civil matters.
This wiki provides a summary only of the basic concepts covered. There are many other aspects of both criminal and civil trials which are beyond the scope of this wiki. The wiki is not intended to be nor should it be relied upon as a substitute for legal or other professional advice. If you need further assistance please contact someone with the requisite knowledge and qualifications.
Please note that the information contained within this wiki was correct at the time of publishing. The law however is subject to change.
Welcome to this guide to Evidence Law in Western Australia Edit
In Western Australia both past decisions of the courts (common law) and legislation (primarily the Evidence Act 1906 (WA) provide the rules and requirements.
The topics covered in this wiki are listed below and can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link or using the search toolbar. If you need to find out what a word means go to the glossary page (link below) where some definitions are provided. There are also links there to other webpages which explain some key terms.
- RELEVANCE AND ADMISSIBILITY
- COURSE OF THE TRIAL
- COMPETENCE AND COMPELLABILITY
- ACCUSED AS A WITNESS
- OPINION EVIDENCE
- IDENTIFICATION EVIDENCE
- CONFESSIONS AND ADMISSIONS
- PROPENSITY, TENDENCY AND SIMILAR FACT EVIDENCE
- REAL AND DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE
- HEARSAY AND ITS EXCEPTIONS
- RES GESTAE