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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of Law of Evidence in a policing environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120491  Demonstrate understanding of Law of Evidence in a policing environment 
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
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit is for learners in the policing environment who demonstrate understanding of evidence management.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explain how Law of Evidence fits within the justice system.
  • Explain the principles of Law of Evidence applicable to a policing environment.
  • Apply the principles of Law of Evidence in a given case study. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain how Law of Evidence fits within the justice system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The place of Law of Evidence within the justice system is explained in a South African context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concept of Law of Evidence is defined within the South African justice system. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the principles of Law of Evidence applicable to a policing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of Law of Evidence are explained in terms of their applicability in a policing environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles refer to, but are not limited to:
  • Proof.
  • Prima facie.
  • Burden of proof.
  • Cautionary rule.
  • Presumptions.
  • The techniques acceptable to refresh one's memory.
  • Beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Conclusive proof.
  • Facts in dispute.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different types of evidence are described in terms of Law of Evidence. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of evidence refer to but are not limited to:
  • Hearsay evidence.
  • Real evidence.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Concepts of Law of Evidence is explained in terms of its applicability in a policing environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Concepts include but is not limited to:
  • Confessions.
  • Admissions.
  • Pointing out.
  • Privilege.
  • Admissibility.
  • Relevance.
  • Similar facts.
  • Character of persons.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply the principles and concepts of Law of Evidence in a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Principles and concepts of Law of Evidence are identified in relation to a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identified principles and concepts of Law of Evidence are applied to a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Case studies are evaluated in terms of principles and concepts of Law of Evidence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Requirements for presenting evidence in a court of law are applied during the presentation of evidence in a case study. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Position of the Law of Evidence within the justice system.
  • Principles of Law of Evidence.
  • Different types of Evidence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of the learner. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Specified requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Legal:
    > Law of Evidence. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    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 
    Fundamental  50102   National Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Fundamental  50122   National Certificate: Policing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2018-12-07  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. C D M INDOOR RANGE 
    2. DEFENSIVE TRAINING CONCEPTS 
    3. HJN TRAINING CC Pretoria 
    4. SBV SERVICES MIDRAND 
    5. SBV SERVICES POLOKWANE 
    6. SHEPPERD ACADEMY 
    7. SNAP SOLUTIONS NETWX PTY LTD 
    8. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE 
    9. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE BASIC TRAINING PROVISION 
    10. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE IN SERVICE TRAINING PROVISION INSTITUTION 
    11. TSHWANE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY 



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