MLP707 - Criminal Procedure and Policy


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: MLJ707
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in M729

Students must have passed MLJ701 and MLP703

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and asynchronous collaborative learning up to a maximum of 2 hours each week which includes lecture pre-recordings and 1 x 2 hour online seminar (recordings provided) each week 


In modern bureaucratic societies procedural rules and law have great significance. This unit examines criminal procedure law and policy within its social and historical context, exploring how the goals of efficiency and concern for victims have shaped the contemporary law of criminal procedure. The enduring tension in criminal procedure between effective crime investigation and the protection of civil rights is investigated in a number of selected topics, including police powers (arrest, search and seizure, fingerprinting, forensic procedures, questioning) and the supervisory role of courts in protecting the right of an accused to a ‘fair trial.’ Each topic is considered through an exposition of relevant law, followed by in-depth discussion of particularly significant law reform initiatives, policy debates and/or historical development.

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