Criminal Law and Procedure - Part A

10 Units

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 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion 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
Multi-Term Sequence This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001 & LAWS6002A studied concurrently with LAWS6003A
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Opinion on Liability
  • Formal Examination: End of Semester Exam
  • Participation: In-class Question & Answers - Progressive

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for LAWS6003A
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