Law and Process (CJL)
This course is an examination of the fundamental principles and procedures employed in the investigation of crimes. Students will study a comprehensive introduction to criminal procedures, from the first point of contact with the police, all the way through to the appeal process. Other topics covered will include the examination of the landmark decisions in the criminal justice system and the implications upon criminal procedures such as evidence processing, presenting and admissibility of evidence, interrogation procedures, and securing of admissions and confessions.
This course covers dress, grooming, speaking, listening and stress control during courtroom proceedings. Visual aid preparation and presentations of all evidence (commonly referred to as "scientific evidence") collected at the crime scene are also included. Mock trial exercises will be used.
The theory and purpose of criminal law procedures with emphasis on role of the US Supreme Court and the US Constitution. The F index crimes and legal defenses are also examined.