CRIMINAL JUSTICE

LAW3CJU

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The criminal justice system refers to the collection of state institutions (eg courts) and agencies (eg police, prosecution, corrections) responsible for the processing of persons accused of committing crime, and convicted of a crime. This subject matter is examined at a number of different levels. At the broadest level, the meaning of, and application of, fundamental legal doctrines such as the Rule of Law, judicial independence and prosecutorial independence, are examined. At a different level, more specific rules are examined. These rules govern the responsibilities and duties of key officials and correspondingly, create basic rights of accused and convicted persons. This subject focuses upon case analysis and legislative provisions. The operation of discretionary powers is one theme which unifies the various topics covered.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted to a Bachelor of Laws degree LAW1LIM and LAW1CRL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW1CJU, LAW2CJU

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCorns and Tudor, Criminal investigation and procedure: the law in Victoria (2009)PrescribedCorns, C, and Tudor, S.LAW BOOK CO. THOMSON REUTERS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate comprehension of the law governing the administration of criminal justice in Victoria.

Activities:
Lectures and/or tutorial discussions on the basic institutions and personnel responsible for the administration of criminal justice in Victoria and at the federal level; the basic legal doctrines, principles and procedures which underpin the criminal justice system. Online quiz.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)

02. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to the administration of criminal justice.

Activities:
Library research class, Assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Critically analyse contemporary issues relevant to the administration of criminal justice.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and/or online resources directed at evaluating the fairness and efficiency of the criminal justice system, Assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)

04. Evaluate areas for reform of the administration of criminal justice and construct a coherent argument for that reform.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and/or online resources engaging with recent or ongoing reforms relevant to the criminal justice system in Victoria and/or in other jurisdictions. Assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)

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