Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2014



The unit will vary so as to maintain a focus of developing significance. Topics covered may include: concepts of criminal justice, managerialism in criminal justice, juries, legal aid in the post-Dietrich era, the nature and extent of police investigative powers, gender issues in criminal justice, judicial training, recent developments in sentencing, the media and the criminal justice system, prosecution of complex criminal cases, the concept of dangerousness in the criminal justice system and miscarriages of justice.


On completion of this unit students should:

  1. have an enhanced understanding of the administration and functioning of the criminal justice system in Victoria
  2. possess an appreciation of the ways in which the content of subjects such as evidence, criminal procedure and substantive criminal law come together in the context of a criminal trial
  3. possess a substantial practical understanding of the details of the conduct of a criminal trial in Victoria
  4. possess an enhanced capacity to evaluate from a theoretical and critical perspective aspects of the administration of the criminal justice system.


Research assignment (5,000 words): 70%
Research assignment (2,500 words): 30%

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week