LAWS 2301 T - Criminal Justice System

The institutional and social production of criminal law in Canada. Processes, personnel, and agencies in the criminal legal system. The role of discretion and mechanisms of accountability. The accused and the place of the victim. Issues and problems in sentencing and punishment.
Precludes additional credit for LAWS 2004 (no longer offered).
Prerequisite(s): LAWS 1001 and LAWS 1002.

This course provides a broad introduction to the Canadian criminal legal system and the institutions, processes, rules and actors therein. The objective is to situate the criminal law within its general social setting and examine the interrelationships between practical and theoretical perspectives on criminal justice. The class looks in detail at the participants in the criminal justice system, in particular the relative effectiveness of mechanisms of accountability and control for these actors. Current examples, case law and relevant reforms are discussed throughout the course to highlight pertinent issues and problems in the system.

CRN for section T: 33638

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 33639

In-class lecture time & location:
Fridays, 2:35pm to 5:25pm, 103 SC

Instructor: Sean Richmond

Sean Richmond

About the instructor: Sean Richmond is a Canadian lawyer and academic who researches, teaches and advises in the areas of international law and international relations. He joined the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in July 2018, where he teaches international law, criminal law, and constitutional law. Prior to this position, Sean was the Special Advisor to Canada's Legal Adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and a Legal Officer in the United Nations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Section. He also taught at Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

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