SAQA All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Give evidence in a court of law 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
11984  Give evidence in a court of law 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2006-02-14  2008-02-06  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-02-06   2012-02-06  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
253993  Present evidence in a court of law  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of giving evidence in a court of law to ensure successful prosecution.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Obtain all relevant documentation related to the case before the court of Law
  • Prepare one-self for a court session
  • Giving evidence in a court of Law
  • Compile administrative duties related to the case before the court of Law

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner within the safety in society environment and more specifically within the Policing discipline by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the safety in society environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Functional communication skills
  • Read, interpret and use of relevant documentation 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to persons who prepare one-self to give evidence in a court of Law with a level of authority that allows them to take independent decisions.

    Giving evidence refers to:
    Verbal - Testimony
    Evidence related to a case e.g. Documentation, weapons etc. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Obtain all relevant documentation related to the case before the court of Law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The Case docket is obtained for court session according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Case docket is handed in at the court for inclusion on the Role according to the criminal justice session. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Community Service Centre is informed about detainees to be taken to court according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The State prosecutor is consulted concerning the case docket according to the criminal justice procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Subpoenas/warrants/indictments are obtained for serving according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare oneself for a court session. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Witnesses/complainants are informed of court date according to the criminal justice procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Detainees presents are ensured during court session according to the criminal justice procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The Chain of evidence is ensured according to the criminal justice procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Previous convictions are obtained and for presented to the court according to the criminal justice procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The rights of the detainee in terms of constitutional representation is assured according to the Bill of Rights. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Giving evidence in a court of Law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The differences between kind of evidence is explained according to the relevant Legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Verbal - Testimonies
    Other - Refer to evidence such as documentation etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Dress code for court sessions is adhered to according to the criminal justice procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Court procedures are adhered to as prescribed by the criminal justice procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Evidence is presented in a court of law (verbal/items) according to law of evidence principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Previous convictions are presented according to the criminal justice procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete administrative duties related to a case before the court of law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. A feedback report is compiled according to the organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. A feedback report is forwarded to the relevant role-players according to the organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Docket is received from court and prepared for closing or further steps/investigation according to the criminal justice procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures
    4. The standard describes competent performance in doing physical techniques that will enhance their job performance, and lay down the criteria by which competence should be judged, as well as the range of circumstances in which competence should be demonstrated.

    Integrated assessment methods and tools will allow the candidate to demonstrate that she/he has acquired knowledge of and can safely and effectively apply competence identified in this unit standard.

    These tools include the following:
    o In-situ (on-the-job) observations
    o Role-play simulations
    o Structured group discussions
    o Written reports (e.g. tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks)
    o Verbal report backs (presentations)
    o Portfolios of evidence
    o Projects (physical visits to Government Departments)
    o Experiential learning
    o Working in teams
    o Scenario sketching

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method of assessing knowledge or on-job demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.
    Candidates are assessed against these assessment criteria. Currently employed candidates are observed carrying out their normal work duties by an assessor. They may also be asked to carry out simulated tasks and to answer written and/or oral questions. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislation, and procedures and organizational requirements related to giving evidence in court
  • A broad understanding of all relevant policies, procedures and organizational requirements
  • A comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice systems
  • A basic understanding of court procedures when giving evidence 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in a critical and creative way in applying the provisions set out in organizational orders regarding giving evidence in a court of Law, under controlled circumstances making sound judgements of any given situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage one-self and one's personal activities in a responsible and effect manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information related in applying the provisions set out in organizational orders regarding giving evidence in a court of Law, making sound judgements of any given situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand and apply a range of office management related techniques, procedure and experimental approaches required in the different programmes leading up to this qualifications. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 253993, which is "Present evidence in a court of law", Level 5, 5 credits.

    Requirements of a portfolio

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience which serves to supplement the assessment of applied competence.

    The portfolio may include inter alia:
    o Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner
    o Relevant certificates or awards
    o Previous assessment records
    o Journals/logbook

    Level
    A learning programme leading to the award of this unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate:
    (a) A foundational knowledge base as indicated in the embedded knowledge component
    (b) An understanding of the discipline/field's fundamental terms, rules, concepts and principles
    (c) Familiarity with some of the essential procedures, operations and techniques of this field
    (d) An ability to use a range of procedures to solve routine problems
    (e) Basic information gathering, analysis and presentation skills
    (f) An ability to communicate and present information clearly and reliability following prescribed formats and conventions


    Supplementary Information:

    Specified Requirements
    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
    Criminal Procedure Act
    Law of Evidence
    South African Police Service Act
    Common Law
    Statutory Law

    A glossary of terms about the terminology:
    Specifications, agreements
    Organizational Procedures and Policies
    Framework of the criminal justice systems 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48921   Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-04-13  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  50102   National Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  59325   National Certificate: Environmental Noise Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  LG SETA 
    Core  50418   National Certificate: Immigration Law Enforcement  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-29  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  50438   National Certificate: Immigration Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-29  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  49107   National Certificate: Inspection and Enforcement Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Core  20496   National Certificate: Policing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-02-09  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  49118   National Certificate: Resolving of Crime  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-12-02  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  49336   National Certificate: Law Enforcement: Sheriffing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  59258   National Certificate: Polygraphy  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Avenida (Pty) Ltd 
    2. EKHURHULENI SHOOTING AND TRAINING ACADEMY 
    3. Icando 
    4. JUSTICE COLLEGE 
    5. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    6. SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INTELLIGENCE 
    7. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE BASIC TRAINING PROVISION 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.