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Criminal Procedures



15 December 2010

The Hon. Justice Roderick Howie of the Supreme Court of New South Wales will teach this semester one intensive unit as part of Sydney Law School's Postgraduate Criminology Program for 2011.

Criminal Procedures examines the processes of the criminal justice system.

It considers its successive and main stages and roles of the principal participants in the system, particularly the police, suspects, accused persons, prosecutors, defence counsel, judges and experts.

topics covered include:

  • Coronial proceedings
  • Interrogation of suspects and accused persons
  • Search and seizure
  • Arrest, custody
  • Electronic surveillance
  • Committal proceedings
  • The accused at trial
  • Admissibility of confessions
  • Expert evidence
  • Illegally and improperly obtained evidence
  • The jury
  • Sentencing

Justice Rod Howie graduated from Sydney University with degrees of LLB and LLM (Hons).

He has been a practitioner in the criminal courts exclusively since 1978 and has appeared as both a solicitor and barrister in criminal courts ranging from the NSW Local Court to the High Court of Australia.

He took silk in 1987.

His Honour has held a number of senior public positions including Public Defender, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, NSW Crown Advocate and Chairman of the Model Criminal Code Committee.

He was appointed to the NSW District Court in 1995 and to the Supreme Court in 2000.

He retired from that Court in 2010 but holds a Commission as an Acting Justice.

He is also a Part time Law Reform Commissioner, a member of the NSW Sentencing Council and Chairperson of the Bench Book Committee with the NSW Judicial Commission.

His Honour is joint author of Butterworths Criminal Practice and Procedure NSW.

The unit is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Candidates can also enrol in the subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

For further information on Criminology at Sydney Law School:


Contact: Greg Sherington

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