ADVANCED CRIMINAL LEGAL PROCESS
2018/2019, Semester 2
Modular Credits: LL4208V ( 5 ) / LL5208V ( 5 ) / LL6208V ( 5 )
This course offers students a unique perspective into real-world criminal litigation process through the lenses of various stakeholders, including the courts, prosecutors, law enforcers, legal practitioners, social workers and NGOs. To fully benefit from the course, students should already have a reasonably good knowledge of criminal legal concepts and principles in Singapore. This course will build on that knowledge by taking students through an in-depth study and analysis of the practical issues, challenges and considerations that they will face when practising criminal law, as a case progresses through the various stages from pre-trial to post-trial in the normal course of the criminal legal process. This course provides both classroom and fieldwork components, with an emphasis on the latter. Apart from being able to engage and interact with the various stakeholders during seminars, students will also have the opportunity to develop lawyering skills through role-playing exercises, such as in drafting court documents, criminal advocacy through a mooting exercise and oratorical skills through presenting and critiquing leading criminal law issues of the day. Students will be able to gain interesting insights into related aspects of the criminal justice process through the perspective and experience of relevant stakeholders.
At the end of the course, students will be able to obtain significant appreciation of:
1. The real-world applications of substantive legal principles and concepts taught in the classroom;
2. The complex interplay between law and legal institutions, as well as the role of and interaction among the stakeholders in the criminal justice process;
3. Effective written and oral communication; and
4. The demands of criminal advocacy and adjudication, in particular for plead-guilty cases.
NUS Core Law Curriculum or its equivalent, Singapore Criminal Law and Singapore Constitutional Law.
*Note: Students, regardless of academic careers - (i.e. Undergraduate, Exchange and Masters) who have not read Singapore Criminal Law and Singapore Constitutional Law would not be eligible to read the module.
**Note: Exchange and Masters students with prior practice experience
(including public sector experience)
would not be eligible to read the module.
Drafting Assignment [Due in Wk 6] - 30%; Moot Exercise [Due in Wk 8] - 40%; Presentation (written and oral components) [written component due 2 days before oral presentation] - 20%; Class Participation - 10%
Students who have taken or taking this module will be precluded from LL4244/LL5244/LL6244; LL4244V/LL5244V/LL6244V Criminal Practice