Courses & Units

The Prosecutor & Criminal Process LAW704


Please note, this unit is only available to students approved for study in the Prosecution Practice specialisation of R4C Bachelor of Arts with Professional Honours. For further information, please contact


This unit is designed to introduce students to the role and responsibilities of a police prosecutor and to summary court processes. It also seeks to develop an awareness and understanding of the relationship and obligations a prosecutor has to various stakeholders in the criminal justice process, including the Court, defence and Crown counsel, defendants, complainants, other police officers, the police department (as employees) and the general public. The unit will explore a prosecutor’s ethical responsibilities in the context of a practical examination of their functions both inside and outside the courtroom. The unit also considers the sometimes difficult and contentious areas of prosecutorial discretion and the payment of costs to successful defendants in failed prosecutions. Students will consider the legal and practical issues of commencing, maintaining and discontinuing prosecutions, as well as the obligations of disclosure to defendants in criminal proceedings. In the later part of the unit, students will commence their study of the criminal process, first becoming familiar with court facilities and services, before embarking on an examination of court procedure and the resolution of complaints. Students will also study the important issue of bail, and consider how to deal with a variety of other common forms of application in the summary jurisdiction.


Unit name The Prosecutor & Criminal Process
Unit code LAW704
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Teaching staff

Dr Jeremy Prichard, Michael Allen, Aneita Browning

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Band Field of Education
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Teaching Pattern



Ethical Problems (short answer) 30%, Drafting of particulars – 20%, Bail Opposition – 20%, Restricted Driver Licence Application – 30%

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