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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Present evidence in a court of law 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253993  Present evidence in a court of law 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Resolving of Crime 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
11984  Give evidence in a court of law  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to prepare themselves for a court session. Learner will gain the necessary skills and competencies to present evidence in a court of law by means of physical and verbal evidence. The learner will be able to prepare him/her self by studying the case file and ensuring that all relevant role-players and exhibits are present at the court. Learners will know and understand the value of consultation which needs to take place with the prosecutor in order to prepare for the trial. During the presenting of evidence in a court the learner will be able to follow the procedures as stipulated by the judicial processes whilst applying the principles of Law of Evidence. Upon conclusion of the court case the case file will be finalized according to organizational procedures.

After completion of this unit standard the learner will be able to:
  • Prepare a case file for court.
  • Present evidence.
  • Conduct post-trial administration. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical literacy NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Wherever the term case file is used it may also refer to case dockets. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare case file for court. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for postponements are assessed in order to prepare one-self for the processes to be followed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Reasons for postponements may include bail applications, further investigation, on request by defence, the final hearing and sentencing etc.
  • Processes refer to the specific judicial processes in this regard.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The content of case files are analyzed in order to determine the shortcomings within the case files before submission to court. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Shortcomings may include but is not limited to outstanding matters such as the proof regarding the elements of the crime, outstanding statements, witness's-, expert witness's-, complainant's-, suspect's presence, exhibits, previous convictions and evidence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Shortcomings within the case file are evaluated in order to meet the requirements for court readiness. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Shortcomings may include but is not limited to outstanding matters such as the proof regarding the elements of the crime, outstanding and quality of statements, witness, expert witness, complainant, suspect's presence, exhibits, previous convictions and evidence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need to consult with the prosecutor is explained in order to prepare for the trial. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The application of the process of forwarding case files to court is assessed as stipulated in the judicial processes and organizational prescripts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Present evidence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of conducting oneself in a professional manner within a court of law is assessed in terms of tits possible influence on the judicial processes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Professional manner pertains to but is not limited to the addressing forms, code of good practice and dress codes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The differences between physical and documentary evidence are compared in terms of their similarities and differences. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Physical evidence refer to but is not limited to oral, exhibits such as firearms, knifes and DNA analysis.
  • Documentary evidence refers to but is not limited to pocket books, diaries, cheques and statements.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The cycle of giving evidence in a court of law is evaluated in order to prepare one-self for each stage in the cycle. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Cycle of giving evidence in a court refer to Evidence in chief, cross examination, Re-examination and Questions by court.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Evidence is presented in line with the giving of evidence cycle in a structured scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct post-trial administration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The content of the case file is analyzed in order to determine the outstanding matters. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Case file refer to the case finalized in a court of law.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Outstanding matters in the case file is assessed in order to finalize the case file. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Outstanding matters may refer to but are not limited to instructions or comments from court/commanders, informing role-players of the outcome, disposal of exhibits, Fingerprints, previous conviction, sentences and the updating systems.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The safe keeping of finalized case files are described in line with the timeframes allocated in the current Archives Act. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual who wishes to be assessed against this unit standard (including assessment of RPL) may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or with 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. Assessors must be competent in the outcome of the Unit Standard.
  • 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 according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the relevant ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Court procedures for case files.
  • Reasons for postponements..
  • Content of case file.
  • Shortcomings within the case file.
  • Need for consulting with the prosecutor.
  • Application process of forwarding case case files to court.
  • Judicial processes.
  • Organizational prescripts.
  • Present evidence.
  • Requirements to be professional in a court of law.
  • Differences between physical and documentary evidence.
  • Cycle of giving evidence in a court of law.
  • Presenting of Evidence in line with the cycle of the giving of evidence.
  • Post-trial administration.
  • Safe keeping of finalized case files.
  • Archives Act. 

  • 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 thinking, have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical, and/or language skills in the modes of written and/or oral presentation. 

    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 ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Must be competent in the outcomes of this unit standard.
  • Must have well-developed subject matter expertise.
  • At least 5 years practical experience.
  • Must be a registered assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 11984, "Give evidence in a court of law", Level 5, 4 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59989   National Certificate: Resolving of Crime  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  66869   National Certificate: Home Affairs Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  61729   National Diploma: Policing  Level 6  NQF Level 06  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. AFIKA AMECEBO CC 
    2. AFRIC POLICING INSTITUTE 
    3. BOLTON BUSINESS COLLEGE & COMPUTER STUDIES 
    4. BROOKLYN CITY COLLEGE (PTY) LTD POLOKWANE CAMPUS 
    5. BROOKLYN CITY COLLEGE (PTY) LTD RUSTENBURG CAMPUS 
    6. BROOKLYN CITY COLLEGE (PTY) LTD - PRETORIA 
    7. BROOKLYN CITY COLLEGE (PTY) LTD JOHANNESBURG CAMPUS 
    8. BROOKLYN CITY COLLEGE - NELSPRUIT 
    9. BROOKLYN CITY COLLEGE - PROES & ANDRIES 
    10. BROOKLYN CITY COLLEGE - VEREENIGING 
    11. DAM SCHOOL OF POLICING 
    12. DECENTRALISED TRAINING DURBAN 
    13. HJN TRAINING CC Pretoria 
    14. HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE: EAST RAND 
    15. HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE: VAALRAND 
    16. RAND TRAINING COLLEGE (PTY) LTD 
    17. SHEPPERD ACADEMY 
    18. SNAP SOLUTIONS NETWX PTY LTD 
    19. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE BASIC TRAINING PROVISION 
    20. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE BASIC TRAINING PROVISION INSTITUTION GRAA 
    21. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE DIAMONDFIELD IN SERVICE AND SPECIALIZED T 
    22. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPEMENT CENTRE PIETER 
    23. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE IN SERVICE TRAINING PROVISION INSTITUTION 
    24. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE PROVINCIAL HEAD OFFICE EASTERN CAPE TRAIN 
    25. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTION ALL SAINTS 
    26. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTION LIMPOPO PROVINCE 
    27. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTION NORTH WEST PROVINCE 
    28. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICES MPUMALANGA 
    29. STRATEGIC INVESTIGATIONS AND SEMINARS 



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