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.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1CRL


Incompatible subjects LAW1CJU, LAW2CJU

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws or pre-2006 Bachelor of Legal Studies. Students who have already completed units in criminal justice at another institution cannot enrol in this unit unless they have the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCriminal investigation and procedure: the law in VictoriaPrescribedCorns, C, and Tudor, S.LAW BOOK CO. THOMSON REUTERS

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Class participation10
Final essay assignment2000 words50
Mid-term essay assignment1500 words30
Online quiz10