Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Criminal Law and Classification of Offences
    • Process to Compel Appearance, Preliminary Examination and Trial of Indictable Offences
    • Bail including a bail simulation
    • Homicide. Part 1 - Murder
    • Homicide. Part 2 - Manslaughter
    • Assault
    • Sexual Assault
    • Defences
    • Statutory Theft
    • Other Property Offences
    • Attempts
    • Complicity
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles that underpin the criminal law and procedure
  2. critically evaluate the criminal law as well as the institutions that create, administer and interpret the law and identify areas of reform
  3. analyse complex problems relating to the criminal law and procedure to generate appropriate responses.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Brief to counsel (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is an examination of the principles and elements of the criminal law. The subject examines the requirements for criminal liabiliity, the offences of homicide and assault, sexual offences, property offences, the law of attempts and complicity in crime, criminal defences and procedural aspects of the criminal law. Students will develop an appreciation of the substantive criminal law and procedural aspects such as classification of offences, process to compel appearance, bail, preliminary examination and trial of indictable offences.

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