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LAWS417 Criminal Justice

Law enforcement; the powers, duties, functioning and control of the police; the prosecution, remand and trial processes; the operation of the penal system, excluding the law of sentencing; juvenile justice.

Models of Criminal Justice and the values shaping criminal justice policy and practice, policing, decision to prosecute and alternatives to prosecution, the role of victims, and appeals and other remedies.

Paper title Criminal Justice
Paper code LAWS417
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
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LAWS 201 and 66 further LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 317
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons), BAppSc
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff

Dr Danica McGovern


Course readings via eReserve

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Understand and apply the law relating to selected pre-trial and trial decisions in criminal cases
  • Critically discuss major current law reform efforts in criminal justice
  • Develop an informed opinion about the role of the criminal justice system in society and the aims and values that should guide its operation

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system