Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3168: Criminal Justice and Evidence

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Nature & objectives of the criminal justice system
  • The HRA 1998 and criminal justice
  • Stop & search powers
  • Powers of arrest
  • Detention and Interrogation
  • The right to silence at the police station
  • Unlawfully obtained evidence
  • Confessions and confession evidence
  • Obtaining Identification Evidence
  • Prosecution Decisions/Alternatives to prosecution
  • Bail: Police and Court
  • Legal Aid
  • Prosecution and defence disclosure
  • Summary Justice
  • Jury Trial
  • Burden of Proof
  • Examination in Chief and Cross-Examination
  • Hearsay
  • Character
  • Corroboration
  • Sentencing & Appeals from Crown Court
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Abuse of Process, Civil Remedies and CCRC

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity4623 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity96 x 1.5 hour workshops
Guided Independent Study120Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent Study35Workshop preparation
Guided Independent Study80Assessment preparation
Guided Independent Study10Formative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).