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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$672.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,118.80|
- 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.
- More information link
- View more information on the Faculty of Law's website
- Teaching staff
- The Faculty provides all course materials for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
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- Learning Outcomes
- In relation to key stages in the criminal process, identify the ways in which
the criminal justice system aims to:
- protect an innocent person from prosecution and conviction
- ensure that those accused of offences are treated fairly
- protect the public from crime
- avoid causing victims further harm.
- Apply the law relating to key decisions during the pre-trial and trial stages of the criminal process.
- Explain how the exercise of discretion creates a gap between “the law on the books” and “the law in action”.
- Become familiar with selected current law reform projects in the criminal justice sphere.
- Discuss the liberal theoretical underpinnings of the criminal justice system and the ways in which current practice departs from liberal values.
- Analyse alternative models of criminal justice.
- In relation to key stages in the criminal process, identify the ways in which the criminal justice system aims to: