Criminal Law and Procedure

LAW10015 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23


 Concurrent Prerequisites :
A unit can be either completed prior to commencing study or taken at the same time.

Aims and objectives

This is a (Priestley 11) unit (VLAB required area of study) - completion is required for eligibility for admission to practice as a legal practitioner in Australia  
This unit introduces students to criminal law and procedure. It commences with a discussion of the key principles of criminal law and then examines a variety of substantive offences including homicide and defences, non-fatal offences against the person, property offences, inchoate offences and participatory liability. This is followed by a broad discussion of defences. The second half of the unit explores the procedure relating to the criminal justice system including commencement of criminal proceedings, search, seizure, forensic procedures, police questioning, bail, the machinery of the prosecution, trial and sentencing.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply common law and statutory rules of criminal liability to advise people of their criminal liability
2. Evaluate, from a jurisprudential and normative perspective, the considerations which underpin criminal liability
3. Examine the operation and effectiveness of the criminal law system
4. Examine the criminal justice system, including defences to crime, and the extent to which it shapes individual behaviour and societal norms

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