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This course looks in depth at certain of the main aspects of the Scottish criminal justice process, focussing upon its mainly adversarial nature. Some comparisons are drawn with the inquisitorial processes of continental Europe. Topics addressed include: prosecution systems; the position of the accused; the status granted to the victim; plea-bargaining; the trial process; and appeals. The emphasis is not so much on ‘black-letter law’ but on the principles and policies, often clashing, which underlie the detailed legal rules and regulations governing the relevant institutions and processes.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
Content: This course analyses elements of Scottish criminal justice against a background of theoretical and comparative models of the criminal process. It looks at both the trial and pre-trial proceedings. Against this background, the course examines the role of the major participants – the police, the prosecutor, the accused, the victim and the adjudicator(s) – in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of crime.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: 1 two-hour exam (66%) and 1 3000-word essay (33%). Resit: None.
For MA Legal Studies (LX) students only, a 1,000-word essay.
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