Criminal Procedures (LAWS6035)


This unit aims to examine the processes of the criminal justice system through a consideration of its successive and main stages and of the roles of the principal participants in the system, particularly the police, suspects, accused persons, prosecutors, defence counsel, judges and experts. The focus of the unit will be the processes of criminal justice in New South Wales as well as the rest of Australia. The unit cover a range of topics, and these are likely to include: coronial proceedings; the interrogation of suspects and accused persons; search and seizure; the issue of arrest and custody; electronic surveillance; committal proceedings; the parties in a trial; the admissibility of confessions; the question of illegally and improperly obtained evidence; the jury; sentencing; and appeal proceedings.

Further unit of study information


Mar 6, 7 & 27, 28 (9-5)


take-home exam (60%) and 3000wd essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.