Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B

10 Units

This course is a multi-term sequence. Parts A & B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. The separate elements of the sequence must be completed in consecutive terms, ie without an intervening term. This course requires students to demonstrate an advanced command of substantive and theoretical criminal law and procedure. The focus is primarily on the criminal laws of New South Wales, although a comparative component is included. Students will critically examine and evaluate contemporary doctrinal principles of criminal law and procedure, including a broad range of criminal offences, defences and procedural rules in a professional and scholarly context.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and command of doctrinal criminal law and procedure;
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and command of relevant theoretical models of crime and criminal law policy;
  3. Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to analyse and reflect on complex criminal cases at a practical and theoretical level;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to prepare and present opinions on complex cases at a level suitable to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  5. Demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake doctrinal research, interpretation and analysis;
  6. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the ethical and professional limits on practice in criminal law

The topics in this course include:

  1. What is Crime and Criminal Law?
  2. Determining Criminal Responsibility and Aspects of Proof
  3. The Criminal Justice System
  4. Criminal Procedure
  5. Public Order Offences
  6. Offences Against the Person
  7. Sexual Offences
  8. Murder and Manslaughter
  9. Property Offences
  10. Drugs Offences
  11. Extending Criminal Responsibility – attempt, conspiracy and complicity
  12. Defences
  13. Sentencing and Punishment
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6002B studied concurrently with LAWS6003B
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Research assignment / Written Opinion
  • Examination: Formal -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6003B1

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