For all the assignment, please prepare 1,750 words (including footnotes) on the given topic:
problem 1: How has the Irish law responded to the challenges represented by discovery in relation to electronic documents?
Outline and describe the approach taken either in Ireland or more generally:
problem 2: describe and critically analyze the ways in which Irish law might impose mandatory duties or responsibilities to report evidence of crime to the police.
problem 3: "describe and discuss the rules around the admissibility of digital evidence in the Irish courts"
You just to need consider the issues of the law of evidence which are particular to digital evidence-especially laying the foundation to admit computer generated evidence, the rule against hearsay, business records and the best evidence rule-and don't need to consider the broader issues regarding the admissibility of illegally and unconstitutionally obtained evidence or the issues considered in the "Digital Evidence".
The conditions for all such problems are:
This task is designed in part to develop your ability to carry out research. Papers will be expected to show evidence of outside reading and an ability to recognize and locate relevant sources. You will thus be expected to research your selected topic instead of merely confining yourself to the relevant reading list.
In order to do this, you must consult the given resources as appropriate:
Westlaw – UK, US and Commonwealth caselaw and journals.
Lexis – Similar coverage, with some Irish caselaw also included.
Westlaw.ie – Irish only coverage. Probably the best source for Irish caselaw online.
(all available via UCD Connect)
You must as well familiarize yourself with Google Scholar, particularly to find relevant material in places other than traditional legal journals.
Use of Materials from Other Jurisdictions:
Although the focus of this course is on Irish law, it can be helpful to see comparisons made with the approaches taken elsewhere. You must consider making use of materials from other jurisdictions – particularly in relation to issues where Ireland is following practice elsewhere.
Legal Writing and Analytical Skill:
This assignment is as well designed to develop your ability to clearly express your thoughts and analyse legal issues. You must consult the given site for guidance: http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/writing/law/index.xml
A) Papers must be formatted in 12 point Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, fully justified, with 1 inch margins.
B) References must be comprised in footnotes, not endnotes.
C) A separate bibliography is not needed.