Criminal Procedures

15 November 2011

Adjunct Professor Nicholas Cowdery QC AM will teach this first semester intensive, commencing 9 March 2012.

Criminal Procedures examines the processes of the criminal justice system and 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 may include:

  • The context: fair trials and the protection of human rights
  • The interrogation of suspects and accused persons
  • Search and seizure
  • Electronic surveillance
  • Arrest and custody
  • Forensic procedures
  • Committal proceedings
  • Coronial proceedings
  • Trial process and parties
  • The admissibility of confessions and complaints
  • Expert opinion evidence
  • Illegally and improperly obtained evidence and discretionary admission
  • Victims of crime
  • The jury
  • Sentencing procedure
  • Appeal procedure

Nicholas Cowdery AM QC was the Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales from 1994 to 2011.

He also served as President of the International Association of Prosecutors from 1999 to 2005. In 1971, he commenced practising as a public defender in Papua New Guinea after admission as a barrister in the same year.

He entered private practice in 1975 where he concentrated in criminal law, common law, administrative law and some commercial law.

He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1987 and served as an Associate (Acting) Judge of the District Court for periods between 1988 and 1990.

Criminal Procedures is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Candidates can also enrol in this 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.

Further information on the 2012 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 725d523545382e5401111e0e06375b23064f0d3d043a4c13061f582d1a