Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The criminal justice system refers to the collection of state institutions (e.g. courts) and agencies (e.g. 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/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures 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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLCR1CLC OR LAW1LIM


Incompatible subjectsLAW2CJU

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate comprehension of the law governing the administration of criminal justice in Victoria.
02. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to the administration of criminal justice.
03. Critically analyse contemporary issues relevant to the administration of criminal justice.
04. Evaluate areas for reform of the administration of criminal justice and construct a coherent argument for that reform.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Summer 2 , Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 2 - 7
Five 7.50 h block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 2 to week 7 and delivered via face-to-face.
"5 days of classes running over two weeks"


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Class participation activity (1,000 words equivalent per student) These are in-class activities done in groups and occasionally individually

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Final assignment (2,500 words) Students will be required to complete a research essay on a miscarriage of justice or other relevant topic

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online quiz (500 words equivalents) Students will be required to complete the quiz on LMS

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1