CIA220 - Criminal Law and Procedure

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Last revision date Nov 29, 2018 11:07:27 PM
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Subject Title
Criminal Law and Procedure

Subject Description
This course introduces students to criminal law and the criminal process from the point of arrest to sentencing. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Act and its relevant impact on Canadian criminal procedures are examined. There is a focus on individual rights and the roles of the various actors in the criminal justice system. The connection between criminal procedure and the manner in which the correctional system supports that process is also examined.

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


  1. Outline the arrest, sentencing, and appeal process within the criminal justice system.
  2. Discuss the criminal offence classifications and sentencing options available to the courts.
  3. Define the foundational rights and principles of the Canadian criminal justice system.
  4. Explain the process of arrest, search and seizure to understand compliancy with law.
  5. Examine the conditions that must be met for pre-trial release options.
  6. Describe the role of key stakeholders in Canadian criminal trial processes and the support they obtain through the correctional system.
  7. Identify relevant case law in relation to a criminal process.
  8. Describe the defences in criminal law.

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