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Approximately six million crimes are notified to the police every year. However, it is suggested that it is not crime that is on the increase but the number of offences created by Parliament each year. Almost 97% of all criminal cases are dealt with at the Magistrates’ Court, the more serious cases being sent by the Magistrates’ Court to the Crown Court for consideration.
This course assumes no prior knowledge and covers aspects of the criminal law,
including murder, manslaughter, assault, theft, robbery, burglary, criminal damage and sexual offences.
Focusing upon the rôle of solicitors in the Magistrates’ Court, the employment of case studies being evidenced throughout, the entire criminal litigation process from arrest to appeal is considered. The work of barristers in the criminal courts is similarly investigated.
Entering the legal profession requires great commitment, expense and industriousness. Becoming a solicitor or barrister, and the future of both professions with regard to the restriction of legal aid, is discussed.
Who is this course for?
This course is intended for anyone interested in this aspect of law, whether for
professional reasons or not, who is prepared to read, discuss and think.
Learning and Teaching
This module is presented through both lecture and seminar format, whereby input from the lecturer is complemented with student-led discussion via the presentation of discussion papers and rôle-play scenarios on particular set topics.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills that you have acquired. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. The Centre’s methods are designed to increase your confidence, much effort having been expended on devising ways of assessing that are enjoyable and suitable for adults leading busy lives.
Assessment is by means of a class test and two short written assignments.
For this course, the following books are recommended:
- G. Scanlon: Criminal Law (Butterworth, 1993)
- M. Giles and P. Dobson (eds.): Criminal Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 6th edition, 2002)
The course tutor will suggest further titles, as appropriate.