Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B

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 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (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

This is the second part of a multi-term course introducing criminal law and procedure, with particular focus on the laws of New South Wales. This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of the criminal law, including: principles of criminal responsibility; a broad range of criminal offences (such as assault, sexual assault, murder and manslaughter, property offences, drug offences, traffic offences and public order offences); principles by which criminal responsibility is extended; and the major defences (including the mental state defences, provocation, self-defence and related issues). This course will also address in detail the major agencies and procedures that comprise the criminal justice system (including contemporary policing, pre-trial procedures and prosecution of crime), and the major principles of criminal sentencing.

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.
  • The 'A' component of this Multi-Term Sequence Course must be taken prior to enrolment in the 'B' component.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6002B studied concurrently with LAWS6003B
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Opinion OR Submission on a Point of Law
  • Formal Examination: Final examination in Examination Period

Contact Hours


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Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for LAWS6003B
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