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MLL218 - Criminal Procedure


2021 unit information

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Brienna Bagaric
Trimester 2: Antje Kreutzmann-Gallasch
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only




MLL114 (previously coded MLL214)

Incompatible with: MLP233
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities (1 hour) + 1.5 hour large group interactive learning experience + 1.5 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities (1 hour) + 1.5 hour large group interactive learning experience + 1.5 hour online seminar (live streamed and recording provided) per week 


The unit aims to provide students with a practical understanding of the criminal justice system. Students will be expected to become familiar with the statutes and case law shaping the law of criminal procedure. Students will also be encouraged to consider the adequacy of our procedural laws and whether reform is appropriate. The unit examines: courts exercising criminal jurisdiction; the commencement of criminal proceedings; bail; search, seizure and forensic procedures; police questioning; identification evidence; the role of the DPP, Crown Solicitor and Counsel and Police in the prosecution of offences; the accused's pleadings and the jury system.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Explain the statutes and case law shaping the law of criminal procedure and the operation of the criminal justice system

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Construct and present a persuasive narrative, orally and in writing, to justify or oppose the granting of bail 

GLO2: Communication


Critically analyse complex fact situations and apply discipline knowledge to reach well-reasoned conclusions and generate responses about the rights and obligations of the various parties

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 

Assessment 1: (Individual) Case Study

Part A (Individual) Bail Application Oral Presentation 

Part B (Individual) Bail Application Written Submission 

Part A: 5 minutes

Part B: 500 words

Part A: 30% 

Part B: 10%

Week 9
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL218 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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