CRIJ140 Criminal Procedure

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ140 Criminal Procedure
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CRIJ100 or
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the general principles of procedural law. The major topics of study include arrest, initial appearance, hearings, grand jury proceedings, arraignment, bail, procedures, motions to suppress evidence, trial, appellate steps, warrants, and the various roles of individuals working within the criminal justice system.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the various processes employed in the movement of offenders through the criminal justice system;
    2. examine the system of checks and balances operating within the system that ensures fairness; and
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the various roles and functions of individuals working within the criminal justice system.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States
    2. arrest, appearances and preliminary hearing
    3. bail
    4. indictment or information or presentment
    5. guilty pleas and plea bargaining
    6. the criminal trial
    7. sentencing, crime, and corrections, including the rights of prisoners
    8. appeals and habeus corpus
    9. venue and double jeopardy
    10. juvenile justice in the United States
    11. the role of the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015