LW4006 - The Criminal Process

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop an understanding of criminal procedure and criminal evidence. You will cover the nature and key stages of the criminal process from arrest to sentencing and possible appeal. You will learn how criminal proceedings are funded and understand the role of the court in criminal litigation and the importance of the Criminal Procedure Rules. You will consider the relevance, admissibility and weight of evidence and examine the major principles which govern the admissibility of evidence in criminal proceedings.

You will learn how to recognise and locate relevant cases, statutes, procedural rules and practice directions using on-line and print resources and how to comprehend, explain and apply the information so obtained. You will develop the ability to explain and analyse rules of criminal procedure and criminal evidence and be able to apply their principles to the facts of given scenarios. You will develop basic fact management skills, determining which information in the documents with which you are provided is relevant to solving the problems with which you are presented.

This module covers the following topics:

• The nature and critical stages of the criminal process
• The suspect at the police station
• Funding criminal litigation
• Steps and strategies in preparing for and conducting criminal litigation
• Case analysis
• The Criminal Procedure Rules
• The role of the court in criminal litigation
• Remand and bail
• Allocation
• Summary trial
• Trial on indictment
• Sentencing
• Criminal Appeals
• The admissibility, relevance and weight of evidence
• Burden and standard of proof
• The hearsay rule and its major exceptions
• Confessions
• The accused’s silence
• Competence and compellability
• Examination of witnesses
• Evidence of character
• Identification evidence, unreliable witnesses and lies told by the accused
• Opinion evidence

How will I learn on this module?

You will study ‘Criminal Process’ in one 12-week semester. You will learn through Panopto lectures, seminars and tutor-guided independent learning.

The lectures will develop your knowledge and understanding of criminal procedure and criminal evidence. The small group sessions will develop your ability to explain and analyse principles of criminal procedure and criminal evidence and to problem solve by applying those principles in the context of given factual scenarios. This will include developing your ability to comprehend, explain and apply cases, statutes,
rules of court and practice directions that you have located.

You will be expected to engage in tutor guided independent learning both in order to consolidate the learning from the lectures and in order to
prepare for the small group sessions. This will include developing your ability to recognise locate and comprehend relevant cases, statutes, rules of court and practice directions. You will be made aware of the tutor guided independent learning in which you are required to engage via the lectures, an on-line reading list that will be accessible on the University’s e-Learning Portal (eLP) and the instructions that you are given in order to enable you to prepare for each small group session.

You will be expected to engage in some independent learning in order to consolidate the learning from the large and small group sessions and from the tutor-led independent learning. This will again include developing your ability to recognise, locate and comprehend relevant cases, statutes, rules of court and practice directions using both on-line and print resources.

The ‘Criminal Process’ eLP site contains a module handbook which outlines the content of the module. Lecture slides, digital Panopto lecture recordings (available in advance) and seminar exercises will be made available on the eLP site.

Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge to your practice in the workplace. The seminars and lectures will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice.

You will be building a portfolio of evidence that illustrates your development as a solicitor throughout the second year of the programme. This portfolio will enable you to demonstrate how you have applied your learning from across all second stage modules into your workplace practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported academically in all aspects of ‘Criminal Process’ delivery and assessment.

The University supports you in learning and research with an excellent library, excellent teaching facilities, access to practitioner and academic on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module will be managed by a designated module tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. Material will be delivered to you by digital Panopto recorded lectures and through the eLP and you will access additional information via your directed and independent use of on-line legal data bases and print resources. The lectures will be recordings on Panopto, mean that you will be able to refer back to them on-line in order to consolidate your learning.

The eLP site will contain: PowerPoint slides used in lectures; the module handbook (which will contain exercises to be used in the small group sessions); advice on assessment, supported by sample questions and answers; and Panopto recordings of lectures. As well as contact with the lecturer, who delivers the lectures, you will also be taught by a seminar tutor, who delivers the small group sessions.

Should you have queries you may approach the module tutor or your seminar tutor, either to have your query answered on line or to make an appointment for a face to face meeting. You may communicate with your module or seminar tutor via the module’s eLP discussion board, by e-mail or telephone at any time and you are encouraged to make contact if you encounter any difficulties with the module.

Academic support is also available to you through formative and summative feedback on assessments. You will have the opportunity to submit formative written work and to work through practice questions prior to the end of module summative assessment.

Your module is also supported by an e-Learning Portal (eLP), which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and various other support facilities which are provided by the University.

In addition, in order to assist you in developing knowledge, you will have access to the University’s library facilities, including extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles.

Support will also include opportunities to gain feedback from your Guidance Tutor. The Programme Leader can be contacted in addition to your Guidance Tutor in respect of any problems.

The Programme Administration Team and Student Progress Team are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module, such as receiving your completed assignment, returning your marked assignment and recording your marks. They and the module tutor will contact you throughout the duration of your module with important dates and other issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

You will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of key principles of criminal procedure and criminal evidence and be able to apply those principles in the context of given factual scenarios.

You will be able to demonstrate your ability to identify, explain, evaluate and interpret relevant case law, statutory provisions, rules of court and practice directions.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

You will be able to communicate your knowledge and understanding of key principles of criminal procedure and criminal evidence (including relevant case law, statutory provisions, rules of court and practice directions) accurately, using accurate legal terminology and forming structured and coherent. arguments.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):


You will develop the ability to enhance your knowledge and understanding of key principles of criminal procedure and criminal evidence
via both tutor directed independent learning and independent learning.

How will I be assessed?

Please reference impact on end point assessment where applicable. Reference to PSRB competences may also apply.

Formative assessment

One of your seminars will take the form of a short mock examination. You will receive feedback in the form of an answer guide on eLP and oral feedback on the mock examination question in a subsequent seminar.

Summative assessment

This will take the form of a 2 hour unseen
examination. The examination will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of key principles of criminal procedure and criminal evidence (including knowledge and understanding that you have obtained via tutor directed independent learning and independent learning) via
accurate, coherent and structured answers to essay and problem questions which make use of correct legal terminology.



Summative feedback will be available in written form on scripts, via eLP as notes for guidance and orally from module/seminar tutors.

Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments. Grade-Related Descriptors are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge and/or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by
which the quality of an assessment can be
measured and placed within the overall set of
marks.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The criminal process module will enable you to understand the process which a suspect follows from initial arrest through time spent at the police station and possible remand in custody to eventual trial, sentencing if found guilty and potential appeal. You will develop an understanding of the rules of evidence which determine what must be proved in order to establish criminal liability and how it may be proved. You will develop the ability to locate relevant statutes, cases, rules of court and practice directions using on-line and print resources and to understand and explain the information so obtained.

You will also develop the ability to explain principles of criminal procedure and criminal evidence by forming structured and coherent arguments, using correct legal terminology, and to problem solve by applying your knowledge of criminal procedure and criminal evidence to given factual scenarios.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5-6 years part-time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

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