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Unit Overview


This unit is taken as part of the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology and in conjunction with DENT5657 The Law. It provides an overview of the structure of law enforcement agencies; protocols for continuity of evidence; function of the expert witness; legal implications of a mass disaster incident; report writing and preparation; and presentation of a case to a moot court.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced skills in being an expert witness; (2) demonstrate the ability to write reports for the courts; (3) participate in the presentation of a case to a moot court; (4) understand the significance of confidentiality as it applies to forensic investigations; and (5) understand the legal implications of a mass disaster incident.


This comprises assignment work, one written examination (1.5 hours) and a viva voce examination (45 minutes).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephen Knott
Unit rules
Bachelor of Dental Science from this University or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.
and at least two years' experience in the practice of general dentistry
enrolment in
the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology (91350),
and DENT5657 The Law
Approved quota: 2
Contact hours
lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work: 60–70 hours according to mortuary casework and court attendance

Carvan, J. Understanding the Australian Legal System, 5th edn: Lawbook Company 2005

Colvin, E. et al. Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia, 2nd edn: Butterworths 1998

Cook, C. et al. Laying Down the Law, 6th edn: LexisNexis Butterworths 2005

Derham, D. P. et al. An Introduction to Law, 5th edn: Law Book Company 1986

Freckelton, I. and Selby, H. The Law of Expert Evidence: LBC Information Services 1999

Meek, M. The Australian Legal System, 3rd edn: LBC Information Services 1999

Rutherford, L. and Bone, S., eds Osborn's Concise Law Dictionary, 8th edn: Sweet and Maxwell 1993

Winfield, R. The Expert Medical Witness: Federation Press 1989

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