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. Theoretical frameworks. Precludes additional credit for LAWS 2004 [1.0] (no longer offered). Prerequisite(s): LAWS 1000.

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: 20945

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 20946

Instructor: Caglar Dolek

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