Categories: Criminal Law
Course Page for Spring 2018 - Findley, Keith
Introductory survey of the criminal justice process with emphasis on appropriate controls on the discretion of system actors (a) trial judge - sentencing, (b) police - arrest or cite, (c) prosecution - the charging decision, and (d) allocation of decision-making authority between defendant and defense counsel. Students examine how human discretion rather than statutes or rules dominate the various systems which comprise the criminal justice process.
Learning Outcomes - By the end of this course, you should be able to:
1. Understand the purposes and functions of criminal law.
2. Understand the basic procedural steps of a criminal case, from investigation through corrections, and the complexities of the decisions at each stage of the process.
3. Describe the basic legal standards that govern decision-making by prosecutors, judges, and juries in criminal cases.
4. Be able to think critically about the systemic features of the criminal justice system, and the degree to which they achieve or fail to achieve the objectives identified above.
5. Understand the basics of legal professionalism: ethics, competence, diligence, timeliness, and civility.
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Course Page for Spring 2018 - Klingele, Cecelia
This course provides an introductory survey of the criminal justice process from the commission of crime through the completion of correctional supervision. It highlights the sources of law governing each stage in the process, and emphasizes the role of discretion in decisions related to policing, prosecution, sentencing, and corrections.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Identify the steps in a criminal prosecution, both prior to and following the commencement of a formal criminal action.
• Recite the basic governing principles that guide police in searches, seizures, and interrogations, and that govern the disclosure of discovery documents by prosecutors.
• Possess a basic understanding of the criminal and civil ramifications of criminal conviction.
• Understand the role of the lawyer at each stage of a case, from pre-charge interrogation through correctional supervision.
• Identify and know how to utilize multiple sources of legal guidance relevant to criminal cases, including Constitutional principles, administrative rules, ABA Standards, ethics rules, and local rules and policies.
• Define and understand what discretion means and how it is exercised throughout the adjudication of a criminal case.