Categories: Criminal Law
Instructor(s) Karofsky, Jill
The process of law is complex. It is particularly complex from the viewpoint of victims. This class will explore the legal process from the perspective of victims who unwittingly become part of the legal system. Professor Karofsky has over twenty years of legal experience. Together with local attorneys, judges, advocates, journalists, crime survivors, law enforcement officers, and public officials, you will delve into the journey of victims from the initial response of the police to pre-trial discovery, plea negotiations, trials, sentencing hearings, and appeals. The course will examine the history of victims' rights, the role of victims in the criminal justice system, and the practical impact of victims' rights legislation and constitutional amendments on the court system. This class is a must for anyone who will come in contact with victims of crime during their legal career.