Evidence is a significant aspect in civil and criminal proceedings. The success of a party in any proceeding depends on the evidence which is tendered by both parties. In fact, the court rely on the probative value of each and every piece of evidence in deciding a case. Henceforth, legal practitioners must be well versed in the evidence law in order to present authoritative arguments in the court of law.
The primary act which regulates the evidence law in Malaysia is the Evidence Act 1950 (Act 56). This Act was enacted based on the Indian Evidence Act, 1872. Indeed, evidence law is a complex and technical area of the law because Act 56 applies to both civil and criminal cases. Thus, the players in the legal industry should be knowledgeable and skilled in interpreting and applying the provisions in the said Act. This is to ensure that the provisions contained in Act 56 are applied in line with the intention of the legislature.
The submissions of Counsel in the court of law and the judgment of Judges must be based on the principles of evidence law. Thenceforth, lawyers must be equipped with updated and current knowledge on evidence law to assist them in understanding and utilising the principles of evidence law. The uniqueness and special characteristics of the Malaysian evidence law need to be fully comprehended so that the spirit contained in those codified provisions are not disregarded.
Dr. Ramalinggam Rajamanickam is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He is holding administration post as the Assistant Dean of Quality and Strategy, Faculty of Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He is a product of UKM as he has obtained Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and Doctor of Philosophy in Law from UKM. In addition, he also has two professional diplomas in translation, one in Legal Module and another in Communication Module. Both diplomas were awarded by the Malaysian Translators Association in collaboration with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP). His area of expertise includes Forensic Law, Law of Evidence, Criminal Justice System, Malay Language and Translation. Currently, he is teaching Evidence Law and Malay language and Law for undergraduate level and Advance Evidence Law and Forensic Law for Master level.
In terms of publications, he has published more than 80 articles, conference papers and popular writings in the said field. Among his publications are topics regarding illegally obtained evidence; character evidence; similar fact evidence; expert evidence; forensic evidence; identification parade; tracking dog evidence; agent provocateur; role of forensic science in investigation; crime scene and physical evidence; entomological evidence; psychological evidence; forensic linguistic as well as many other writing on branches of forensic science. He is involved in many local and international journals as editor and reviewer. He has a vision of enriching the body of knowledge in the legal field, particularly relating to evidence and forensic law.
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