Evidence CJ 2260 Syllabus

Evidence CJ 2260
California State University, Stanislaus- Fall 2005
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Judge Donald E. Shaver Class hours: Tuesday. 6:00 to 9:00 pm
E-mail: donald.shaver@stanct.org Class room P167
Class web page: csustan.edu/cj/evidence

Required Text: Klotter, John C. (2004) Criminal Evidence 8th ed. (Anderson Publishing)

Course Objectives

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of criminal evidence as utilized by the courts, law enforcement, social services, and criminal attorneys. The student is expected to learn the concepts supporting the rules of evidence, and the admissibility and utilization of evidence in the state and federal legal systems.

Course methods and Procedure

This course will consist primarily of lecture, demonstrative presentations, case study analysis, and classroom discussion. All students are expected to read the assigned chapters in the required text and be prepared to discuss the material in class. Students will be expected to consider all sides of evidentiary issues and argue in support of or in opposition to the admissibility of evidence.


The will be 3 equally weighted objective exams constituting 90% of the student's final grade for the course. The exams will be based on the readings assigned from the text and material from the lectures not included in the text. The student is responsible for knowing the content of each assigned chapter and the lecture material. Each of the tests is non-cumulative. This means that each test will only cover material back to the last test, but will not include material previously tested on. Make up exams are strongly discouraged and will be permitted only if the student demonstrates undue hardship. Make up exams which are permitted will be given during the Final Exam period at the end of the semester unless otherwise arranged.


Letter grades are assigned as follows:

90 100 A                           80 89 B                 70 79 C

60 69 D                             59 and below F

Grades will be based on the student's three exam scores combined with the student's "classroom participation" score. The "classroom participation" score constitutes 10% of the student's final course grade. To receive a good grade for classroom participation, the student must attend class regularly, participate in class, and, when called upon, demonstrate to the instructor's satisfaction that the student has completed the reading assignments. Frequent absences or failure to complete reading assignments will adversely affect your final grade in this course. Grades are assessed as follows:

3 objective exams (30% each) 90% Class Participation grade (subjective) 10% Extra credit may be given in the sole discretion of the instructor.


It is strongly recommended that students make every effort to attend each lecture. Since examinations will incorporate both material from the text as well as lecture material not included in the text, attendance is extremely important.

Course Schedule & Assignments

The course schedule and content is subject to change. Assignments may be withdrawn, added, or amended in the sole discretion of the instructor.

Sept 13

Introduction and Preliminaries
Chapter 2 Study of Criminal Evidence
Chapter 4 Proof via Evidence

Sept 20

Chapter 3 Burden of Proof
Chapter 6 Presumptions, Inferences and Stipulations

Sept 27

Exam #1

Oct 4

Chapter 7 Relevancy and Materiality

Oct 11

Chapter 9 Examination of Witnesses

Oct 18

Chapter 10 Privileges

Oct 25

Exam #2

Nov 1

Chapter 12 Hearsay Rule & Exceptions

Nov 8

Chapter 14 Real Evidence

Nov 15

Chapter 15 Results of Examinations and Tests

Nov 22

No Class- enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

Nov 29

Chapter 16 Evidence Unconstitutionally Obtained

Dec 6

Exam #3

Dec 13

Extra day if needed




Note: The final exam (Exam #3) will be during the regular class period.

Important dates and miscellaneous:

Last day to add: Sept 20 (Instructor permission will not be given after this date).
Last day to drop or request CR/NC: Oct 4

Criminal Justice Club-Tiffani Mende, President, or Jeanette Sereno, faculty advisor, C 213.