PFD430 - Court Case Preparation and Presentation

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Subject Title
Court Case Preparation and Presentation

Subject Description
This course pertains to the importance of statements in the investigation and trial processes. The lawful practices and procedures for the admission of the statement by the trail court are learned through the study of contemporary statute and precedent law. Currently accepted methods of identifying the person responsible for a crime are studied. The course concludes with each student preparing a universal crown brief and the presentation in moot court of the criminal case that is the subject of the brief. The concluding aspect of the course requires each student to play the roles of the primary court actors, i.e. crown attorney, defence attorney, investigating officer, court clerk and witnesses over the duration of the courtroom phase of the course.

Credit Status
This is a Police Foundations Diploma program prescribed subject.

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

1. Identify how to obtain admissible statements from accused persons.
2. Describe proper preparation of criminal information forms, search warrants and release documents.
3. Generate a crown brief.
4. Discuss how to identify suspects in a manner acceptable to the courts, including conducting a suspect line up, which complies with Case Law decisions.
5.  Recite evidence effectively in a moot criminal court while observing appropriate courtroom decorum.
6.  Demonstruate correct use a notebook correctly while giving evidence in moot court.
7.  Explain the trial process and roles of various court officials.

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.

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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

  • Construction of a crown brief
  • related documents in the crown brief
  • taking statements from accused persons
  • identification of suspects
  • moot court

Mode of Instruction
The majority of the instruction will be classroom-based.  This will involve six weeks of lectures, discussions and practical exercises.  Moot court will take place during the final 6 weeks, when your Crown Briefs will be presented.  Students will act as attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, accused persons, and videotape camera operations.

Prescribed Texts
Martin's Annual Criminal Code, 2017 Student + CD, Greenspan, Edward L., Q.C., Rosenberg, The Honourable Justice Marc, Henein, Marie, LL.B., LL.M.
ISBN: 978-0-88804-936-0

Reference Material
René J. Marin. The Admissibility of Statements. Current Edition.

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 ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Mid-term and Case Preparation Study               15%
Notebook check                                              10%
Class and online participation                           10%
Final Case, Preparation                                    20%    
Practical Presentation                                      15%
Final Exam                                                      30%
                                            Total                  100%                

Approved by: Sandra Noble