CRJU202-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Criminal Law and Procedure

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


General principles of criminal law (liability for offences, overview of party liability, inchoate offences and general defences). Major features of criminal procedure (arrest, bail, legal controls on investigation (search warrants etc); commencement of prosecutions; pre-trial and trial procedure; appeals.

CRJU202 is designed to provide BCJ students, not also studying for a Law degree, with a satisfactory level of knowledge and understanding of the principles of criminal law necessary for persons working in, or with, the criminal justice system.  The course will cover the general principles of criminal law, such as liability for offences, overview of party liability, inchoate offences and general defences.

Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will, by the end of the course, be able to:
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of criminal law;
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of how these principles and features will be applied in individual cases;
  •  Engage in critical analysis of issues where the current law poses particular difficulties for individuals concerned with the criminal justice process and for criminal justice professionals.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Either CRJU150 or LAWS150


Timetable Note

Students must develop an understanding of the material covered in lectures. It is expected that students will spend at least 60 hours of independent study in this course in addition to examination and assessment preparation. This will require reading and study of articles, reports and monographs or texts which students may be referred.

The course will be taught through 24 hours of lectures.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Shea Esterling


Chat Le Nguyen


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Evening Test 16 Mar 2021 20%
Take Home Test 30 Apr 2021 30%
Final Examination 50%

There are three occasions on which students' work in this course will be assessed.

1. An in-class evening test.
2. A take-home test.
3. A final examination.

Assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

France and Finn; Adams on Criminal Law (Student ed. 2020) ;

Simester and Brookbanks; Principles of Criminal Law (5th ed.) ;

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All CRJU202 Occurrences

  • CRJU202-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021