Criminal Law and Process

LAW10024 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

13 Mar 23 - 11 Jun 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
26 Mar 23

7 Apr 23

Last withdraw without fail:
28 Apr 23

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23


Equivalent One Way Only 
Please Note: Students who completed LAW10015 - Criminal Law & Procedure will receive credit for LAW10024 - Criminal Law and Process but not vice versa

Aims and objectives

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.
Unit Learning Outcomes 
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify the elements of a crime and any applicable defences
2. Locate, interpret, evaluate and apply Victorian legislation relevant to criminal law and procedure
3. Apply common law and statutory provisions to factual situations to effectively advise clients of their criminal liability
4. Conduct research relating to criminal law and procedure and use the results of that research
5. Work efficiently and effectively with other people to develop coherent solutions to problems