Discuss the following statement: -
In the United Kingdom the common law approach to the admissibility of
expert opinion evidence is one of laissez-faire, with such evidence being admitted without sufficient regard to
whether or not it is sufficiently reliable to be considered by a jury.
word limit is 2,000 words (+/-10%). This excludes footnotes but includesquotations. The word count must be
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You must keep
to the word limit of 2,000 words
demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes
construct and present your work, consider the assessment criteria
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academic writing must be referenced. If you use other people’s ideas without
referencing them you are plagiarising their work.
the Harvard system of referencing within your text. This will take the form:
surname, year of publication, page number, and is enclosed within brackets, for
example (Bradley 1998, 277). At the end of your work you should provide an
alphabetical list of all the works you cite.
Use the Numeric System
of referencing within your text. At
every point in the text where a reference is made, insert a number (in brackets
or superscript) and then list the references numerically at the end of your
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must be acknowledged.
from the works of another person (including Internet sources) constitutes
plagiarism, which is an offence within the University’s regulations. Brief
quotations from the published or unpublished works of another person, suitably
attributed, are acceptable. You must always use your own words except when
using properly referenced quotations.
are advised when taking notes from books or other sources to make notes in your
own words, in a selective and critical way.
The deadline for
submission is 12th Nov 2014
will be made to ensure that the work will be marked and available for
collection by 9th January 2015
The assignmentis worth 40% of the total
assessment will test your ability to meet the learning outcomes as described in
your module booklet, specifically:
Demonstrate an understanding of
the investigation methods for determining causes of fire and fire dynamics and
the ability to apply these methods
Demonstrate an understanding of fire investigation
processes including the important roles and evidence associated with different
fire safety agencies and personnel participating in fire investigation
Analyse and critique a range of fire investigation
reports from minor to major incidents
more information please see the marking guide at Appendix 1
Knowledge and understanding of the legal position relating to expert
Use of case law
Analysis and discussion of the question.