This unit of study aims to introduce students to civil and criminal procedure. It is concerned with the procedures relating to civil dispute resolution and criminal justice which are separate to the substantive hearing. The unit will consider the features of an adversarial system of justice and its impact on process. Recent reforms to the adversarial system of litigation will be explored. The civil dispute resolution part of the unit will cover alternative dispute resolution, the procedures for commencing a civil action, case management, gathering evidence and the rules of privilege. Criminal process will be explored by reference to police powers, bail and sentencing. The course focuses on practical examples with consideration of the applicable legislation, ethics, and contextual and theoretical perspectives.
1x2hr lecture and 1x2hr tutorial/week for 10 weeks
2 x class participation (20%) and 1 x 1200wd interim assignment (20%) and 1x 2hr final open-book exam (60%)
LAWS1006 and LAWS1012Prohibitions
LAWS5003 or LAWS2006