CRJU307-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Issues in Policing and Prosecution

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course focuses on the structure, scope and contemporary issues relating to policing and prosecution in New Zealand, including critical assessments of police powers; the role of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA); aspects of the Police and Crown prosecution processes, diversion, restorative justice and alternatives to traditional court prosecution of offenders; and selected contentious issues, such as the effects of policing policies and practices on vulnerable groups.

Understanding the structure, scope and contemporary issues relating to Policing and Prosecution in New Zealand.

The overall scope of the course is:
• To introduce students to New Zealand's policing history and theories of policing;
• To assist students to understand the roles of different criminal justice professionals involved in policing and prosecution of offences;
• To ensure students have a detailed understanding of the Policing Act 2008, and a general understanding of the other statues relevant to policing and prosecution in New Zealand;
• To familiarise students with current contentious issues in policing in New Zealand, including dealing with youth offenders; the effects of policing and prosecution policies and practices on Maori, Pasifika and other minorities; diversion as an alternative to prosecution; issues in prosecutorial decision-making; the use and abuse of police powers, and the role of regulating bodies such as the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of this course are:
  • Students must appreciate the current debates about the extent of police and prosecutorial powers in various contexts, and the effect of the exercise of police powers on human rights;
  • Students must have knowledge of the contents of, and understanding of the scope and content of the Policing Act 2008;
  • Students must have insight and understanding about selected contentious issues in policing and prosecution in the course.
    • 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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


CRJU202 or LAWS202. RP: CRJU201/SOCI218


LAWS337, LAWS365

Equivalent Courses

Recommended Preparation


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Robin Palmer


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test 11 Sep 2023 20%
Essay 22 Sep 2023 30%
Exam 50%

The course may be assessed by way of a compulsory test or essay and a final examination.

Assessment will be confirmed in the first week of the course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,488.00

* 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 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All CRJU307 Occurrences

  • CRJU307-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023