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LAW5112 - Federal criminal justice

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law

Leader(s): Richard Fox


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Topics which form the core material include: the history of federal involvement in the criminal law; federal policing agencies; the sources and nature of federal criminal procedure; the relationship of federal criminal law to state criminal law and to state courts; and the sentencing structures for federal offenders. Additional emerging topics of federal interest may be added from year to year.


On completion of this unit students should

  1. be familiar with the sources and significance of federal criminal law in the Australian criminal justice system;
  2. have an overview of the contents and an understanding of the special features of federal criminal law and procedure and federal sentencing law and how these elements relate to state criminal law systems; and
  3. have a critical understanding of the possible future shape of federal involvement in the criminal law sphere.


Research assignments: 80%
Class participation: 20%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW3300 or LAW3301 and LAW3302

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