LAW 295

Criminal Procedure: Adjudication


Constitutional & Public Law, Criminal Justice, Critical Race Studies

The subject of this course is the criminal process "from bail to jail." We examine the theory, policy, history, and development of the constitutional and non-constitutional procedural components of the criminal trial process, as well as pre-trial and post-trial proceedings. Topics include: bail and pre-trial detention, initiating prosecution, grand juries and preliminary hearings, joinder and severance of charges and defendants, double jeopardy, right to counsel, competency to stand trial and right to self-representation, discovery and disclosure of information to other parties, plea-bargaining and guilty pleas, speedy trial rights, jury selection, right to confrontation, privilege against self-incrimination, sentencing, direct appeals, and collateral review.This course is designed to complement Law 202 ("Criminal Procedure: Investigations"), Law 614 (“Global Perspectives on Criminal Procedure”), Law 711 ("Pre-trial Criminal Litigation"), Law 715 ("Criminal Defense Clinic"), Law 720 ("Criminal Trial Advocacy"), and Law 789 (“Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy”), but those courses are not prerequisites.

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