Courses & Units

Criminal Law & Evidence LAW705



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 for police officers intending on practice as a police prosecutor. It commences with an examination of the fundamental principles of criminal responsibility, including inchoate offences, parties to crimes, common purpose and legal presumptions. It then looks at the elements of some of the more common crimes and offences prosecuted before the magistrates court, including burglary and stealing, assault, property and public order, family violence, summary drug, traffic and road safety. Where appropriate, common defences to these charges are considered. The unit then commences an examination of the key rules, processes and principles of evidence law. Students will consider the formal rules relating to adducing evidence, including witness competence, compellability and unavailability. The main rules governing the admissibility of evidence will be covered in the following weeks, including relevance, hearsay and its major exceptions in criminal proceedings, admissions, opinion, credibility and character evidence, tendency and coincidence and identification. The unit finishes with a brief examination of the law of sentencing, including a prosecutor’s role in the sentencing process.


Unit name Criminal Law & Evidence
Unit code LAW705
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Teaching staff

Michael Allen, Aneita Browning

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $1,729.00 091103

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Teaching Pattern


Criminal Responsibility Quiz 20%, Criminal Law Problems – 30%,Evidence Problems - 50%

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