CRJU202-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Criminal Law and Procedure

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


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 and criminal procedure necessary for persons working in, or with, the criminal justice system.

Recommended preparation for this course is LAWS101 Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions.

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 and the main features of criminal procedure;
  •  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 and procedure pose 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 CRJU101 or
LAWS 150; RP: LAWS101


Recommended Preparation

Timetable Note

Students will be expected to attend lectures and tutorials; and engage in approximately 60 hours of self-directed research.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Shea Esterling


Neil Boister


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online Quiz 16 Mar 2019 10%
Take Home Test 05 Apr 2019 20%
Final Examination 70%

The assessment for this course is likely to comprise an Online test (5%), Essay (20%), Final Exam (75%).

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Finn, Jeremy , Mathias, Don; Criminal procedure in New Zealand ; 2nd edition;

Simester, A. P. , Brookbanks, Warren J; Principles of criminal law ; 4th ed; Thomson Reuters, 2012.

A 2019 edition of Principles of Criminal Law may become available.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $806.00

International fee $3,775.00

* 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

  • CRJU202-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019