CJ 242 - Evidence & Criminal Procedures

Course Description

An overview of the criminal court system and the process of a criminal proceeding from incident to disposition and appeal, including the rules of evidence affecting the trial of a criminal case. It also includes an overview of the criminal procedure rules concerning arrest, search and seizure, and interrogation and confession, which regulate law enforcement and protect citizens' rights of privacy and presumed innocence. The course includes pertinent Supreme Court decisions. Group 2 course.

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Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

Placement into ENG 111.

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Critical Thinking - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the relationship between the federal and state criminal court systems.
  • Identify key terms utilized throughout the stages of a criminal prosecution.
  • Articulate the legal procedural issue which is extant in a given factual criminal scenario.
  • Whether statements of the accused would be admissible at trial.
  • Describe the criminal court process from arrest through trial and disposition.
  • Evaluate whether a legal issue would impact the verdict in the legal process.
Human Dimension:
  • Articulate how applying the relevant law appropriately will obtain the best outcome for a client.
  • Describe the societal changes and how they affect the interpretation of the law.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Correlate ho societal changes impact the interpretation of the law.
  • Describe how criminal jurisprudence develops based on the evolution of United States Supreme Court decisions.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Identify their best learning modality.