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Criminal Law and Process

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Unit Code: LAW10024

Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to enable students, through the study of cases, statutes and other material, to acquire an understanding of, and competence in, Victorian criminal law and procedure. The unit introduces students to the key principles of criminal law, including the content of criminal offences and defences to these offences. The unit explores the procedure relating to the criminal justice system including commencement of criminal proceedings, search, seizure, forensic procedures, police questioning, bail and the machinery of the prosecution, trial and sentencing.

Content

This unit covers the definition of crime and the aims of the criminal law, as well as elements of crime, sources of criminal liability, homicide and defences, non-fatal offences against the person, property offences, inchoate offences, participatory liability, defences, commencement of criminal proceedings, search, seizure, forensic procedures, police questioning, bail, the machinery of prosecution, trial and sentencing.

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