how evidence is used to prove a criminal offence:
This question is asking you to consider the importance of evidence, how it is used and how reliable it may be in supporting an investigative and prosecution case. By now you will have developed your own understandings and views on investigative approaches and the use of evidence. In addition to your knowledge developed as a result of this module, and if you can support and 'evidence' your reasoning, you should use these reflections to develop your essay.
It may help your answer to consider some of the following issues:
- What is the importance of evidence?
- What are the challenges, strengths, and potential weaknesses that may be exposed by individual pieces of evidence?
- How is evidence used to construct a case for the prosecution?
- How might the use of evidence differ depending on the nature of the crime?
- What effect might investigative strategies and policies have on the development of the investigation?
- What part may be played in the investigative process by the management of 'offenders' and support of witnesses?
- What part can professional standards within an investigation play in effectiveness, efficiency and justice?
- How do 'unsafe convictions' occur?
- What are the constraints upon investigators in the pursuit of an effective investigation?
- Are good investigators born detectives or are all the skills to be an effective senior investigator teachable?
- What are the challenges of presenting evidence at court?