This course deals with the judicial phase of the criminal justice process, including the following aspects of criminal adjudication: the decision to initiate prosecution; bail and pretrial detention; the grand jury; the right to the effective assistance of counsel; the right to a speedy trial; discovery and disclosure of evidence; plea bargaining; the right to an impartial trial; the right to a jury; double jeopardy; and, time permitting, sentencing. The major focus is opinions of the United States Supreme Court imposing federal constitutional limitations on criminal procedure. This material is fleshed out by examination of selected provisions of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, typical federal and state statutes, and opinions of the lower federal and state courts.
In addition to regular class preparation and participation, students will be required to complete an experiential assignment, in which they will witness some aspect of criminal adjudication relevant to the course and reflect on that experience in writing.
This course satisfies the Con Law II requirement.
11:50 am - 1:05 pm
Pass/Fail Not Allowed
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication and the Right to Counsel
- Ronald J. Allen et al.