LEG310 - Criminal Law Practice & Procedure

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Subject Title
Criminal Law Practice & Procedure

Subject Description
This course is designed to create a better understanding of the criminal justice system. Students will discuss the basic fundamentals of Criminal Law. It is intended as an introductory course on criminal law for those students with little or no background in the subject matter. The changing demands of modern society create the need to understand the criminal process from the commission of a crime to the time punishment is imposed.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards the Legal Assistant Certificate Program offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Students receiving a credit for this course will have demonstrated their ability to:

  • Apply the basic fundamentals of criminal law, including the special needs of young persons and aboriginals
  • Research an issue in relation to the administration of the criminal justice system in society
  • Identify the role of the various players in the criminal justice system: i.e. Crown, defense, judge, juries, accused, and witness
  • Describe and evaluate the process incurred by individuals from the commission of a crime to the time punishment is imposed
  • Apply the legal freedoms protected by the Charter of Rights in a given fact situation and advocate the written or verbal format to articulate the importance of the freedoms to others

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to criminal law in Canada
  • Introduction to Criminal Code of Canada
  • Ethics: practicing criminal law, court formality and respect, Criminal Code offences, offence grid
  • Arrest and bail: Forms of release, sureties, bail reviews
  • Mock bail hearing: Retainer and the record, client intake interviews, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Set date process: 1 1(b), agents, Designation of Counsel, Duty Counsel
  • Disclosure: Reviewing disclosure, organization strategies, 1 1(b) applications, trial within a reasonable time
  • Criminal Rules: Applications, types of criminal sentences, variation of probation, judges order for attendance, subpoena, preparing for Judicial Pre-trial conferences
  • The criminal trial process: Parties in court, witnesses, evidence, Court of Appeal, the law clerk experience, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Mock trial: Sentencing, health reference, letters, victim impact statements, client information, The Youth Criminal Justice Act

Prescribed Texts
Title: Criminal Law for Legal Professionals
Author: Gulycz, Kelly
Publisher: Emond Montgomery
Edition: latest
ISBN: 9781552393246

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Online midterm test - 25%
Participation - 15%
Assignment (2) - 30%
Final in person exam - 30%

The student must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on the term work and the final exam to pass the course.

Approved by: Sandra Noble