LAWS202-19W (C) Whole Year 2019

Criminal Law

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 15 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 23 August 2019


The general principles of criminal liability. The law relating to indictable and other selected offences chargeable under New Zealand law. Procedure on indictment and summary procedure (excluding evidence).

The general principles of criminal liability. The law relating to selected offences chargeable under New Zealand law. Criminal procedure on indictment and summary procedure (excluding evidence).

The aims of the course are:
•   to give students a critical understanding of the main features of the criminal law of New Zealand;
•   to introduce students to the main features of legal procedure relevant to criminal cases;
•   to introduce students to issues to be considered in any reform of the criminal law.

Learning Outcomes

  • The objects of the course are:
  •   to allow students to develop an ability to appreciate how, and in what circumstances the legal principles of the criminal law apply;
  •   to allow students to understand the impact of existing rules of law or proposed changes.
    • 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.

      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.


Timetable Note

Tutorials in LAW 202 will be held according to the timetable you will be given at the start of Term One.  Enrolment in Tutorials will be advised via email closer to the start of the course.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Debra Wilson


Elisabeth McDonald , Roisin Burke and Neil Boister


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online Quiz 5%
Test 07 May 2019 20%
Essay 11 Sep 2019 10%
Tutorial Attendance 5%
Final Examination 60%

The course may be assessed by way of a Test (Tuesday 7 May 2019, 6.30-8.30pm), a compulsory Essay and a Final Exam.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

AP Simester and WJ Brookbanks; Principles of Criminal Law ; 4th edn; Thomson Reuters, 2012.

Recommended Reading

Finn, Jeremy , Mathias, Don; Criminal Procedure in New Zealand ; 2nd ed; (2015).

France, S; Finn, J; Adams on criminal law ; 2018 student edition; Thomson Reuters, 2017.

There may be available a 2019 student edition of the Adams on Criminal Law text.
A new edition of Principles of Criminal Law may be available late 2018.


This is a compulsory core course for the LLB degree.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,612.00

International fee $7,550.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 265

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS202 Occurrences

  • LAWS202-19W (C) Whole Year 2019