Rules of Evidence


The law of evidence, also known as the rules of evidence, encompasses the rules and legal principles that govern the proof of facts in a legal proceeding. These rules must be followed by law enforcement, legal professionals and the judiciary alike. They are there to protect the rights of defendants and to ensure that trials are fair.

This course will allow delegates to have an understanding of the types of evidence that are available and how they are admissible in criminal and civil proceedings.


At the end of the module participants will be able to:

  • Understand the evidential rules that apply in England and Wales
  • Define the burden of proof in criminal and civil law
  • Understand and apply “Mens Rea”
  • Outline Statutory Defences
  • Understand the rules that apply to the admissibility of evidence
  • Describe and outline S76 and 78 PACE
  • Identify types and sources of evidence
  • Describe hearsay evidence
  • Understand Bad Character evidence and how it is introduced in court
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Abuse of Process

Key Learning

Preparing evidence for court is an essential skill that investigators require. They must ensure that the evidence is admissible and presented in the appropriate format. Delegates will be able to gain an understanding of the key concepts of evidence and how it has to be presented at court. This will include:

  • How evidence is introduced to the court
  • Rights of the defendant
  • Types of evidence
  • The burden of proof in criminal and civil cases
  • Bad character evidence and how it is introduced
  • Abuse of process arguments
  • The key issues surrounding disclosure
  • Statutory defences
  • Fairness in court proceedings

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at those conducting investigations whether for a public body, a private corporation or as a sole investigator. It is essential for all those involved in investigation to understand how an investigation is structured and what tools are available to assist them in planning and undertaking new cases.

Who are we?

WRI are an established company who specialise in Brand Protection, Investigation and Training and we have worked with the Police, Trading Standards and a number of well known brands to both protect the rights of the Intellectual Property Owner and to bring to justice those who break the law.

Our trainers are very experienced Retired Police Officers and Trading Standards Officers who have been trained to a senior level within their respective roles.

The course can be delivered at your place of work or at the offices of WRI in South Wales.
For further information please contact us on the email address below or 02921 202597

Find out more

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