SRJC Course Outlines

6/18/2021 1:25:32 PMAJ 55 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 55Title:  CRIMINAL PROCEDURES  
Full Title:  Criminal Procedures
Last Reviewed:9/25/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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A comprehensive examination of the origin, development, philosophy, and legal basis of criminal procedures in California.  Procedural, statute law, case law, constitutional law and judicial rules governing pre-arrest, arrest, custody, crime charging, motions, applicable rules of discovery and evidence, California grand jury system, pretrial court procedures, adult and juvenile court procedures, verdict, sentencing, and the appellate process.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A comprehensive examination of the legal processes from the point of pre-arrest to final court adjudication.  Statute, procedural, case law & judicial rules covering laws of arrest, custody, crime charging, court steps in case adjudication, and sentencing.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: AJ 122 Criminal Court Process SRJC Equivalent Course(s): AJ55

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:
 1.  Describe the California laws of arrest by peace officers, private
     persons, service of arrest warrants, use of force,
     arrest dispositions, and pre-arrest subjects such as contacts and
     detentions, and custodial procedures.
 2.  Compare the jurisdiction and operation of the California Court
     system and the selection/election process for magistrates.
 3.  Distinguish and list the various charging documents applicable to
     bringing a case to court and considerations in charging or not
     charging a person with a crime.
 4.  Analyze and demonstrate knowledge of the various court processes
     after a criminal defendant is charged with a crime including
     arraignment, motions, and preliminary hearing; and due process
     considerations attached to each court state.
 5.  Describe the function of the grand jury system.
 6.  Analyze and evaluate the purpose and function of the plea bargaining
     process and other alternatives to trial.
 7.  Describe the trial process including jury selection, prosecution's
     case-in-chief, witness testimony, exhibits/evidence, motions,
     defense's case-in-chief, rebuttal testimony, jury instruction, jury
     deliberations verdict, sentencing and appeals.
 8.  Analyze legal concepts and make rational decisions about the
     prosecution of a case through the court system.

Topics and Scope
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1.  ORIENTATION
     A. Focus of study
     B. Assignments, testing and grading
     C. Attendance and class participation
     D. Student and instructor responsibilities and expectations
2.  SOURCES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
     A. Common law heritage
     B. Separation of powers
     C. Constitutional due process
     D. Independent State Grounds
3.  CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CONCEPTS
     A. Adversary system
     B. Presumption of innocence
     C. Burden of Proof
     D. Corpus delicti
     E. Ex post facto and retroactivity
     F. Methods of proof
4.  LAWS OF ARREST
     A. Detention and reasonable
     B. Contact
     C. Arrest defined
     D. Custody defined
     E. Use of force in making an arrest
     F. Peace officer authority to arrest
     G. Notice of intention to arrest
     H. Arrest procedures and dispositions
     I. Service of arrest warrants
     J. Residential entry
     K. Knock and notice
     L. Private person arrests
     M. Arrest exceptions
     N. Booking procedures
     O. Confession evidence and Miranda
5.  CUSTODY PROCEDURES
     A. Commitment procedures
     B. Booking inventory
     C. Unlawful solicitation of counsel
     D. Inhumanity towards prisoner
     E. Assault under color of authority
     F. Bringing weapons into facility
     G. Body cavity inspections and strip searches
     H. Depriving phone calls
     I. Eavesdropping on confidential communications
6.  COURT SYSTEM
     A. Overview of the California trial court system
     B. Section/election of magistrates
     C. Overview of California appellate court system
     D. Effect of the doctrine of judicial review
7.  BAIL
     A. Historical development of bail
     B. Form and amount of bail
     C. Forfeiture of bail
     D. Preventive detention.
8.  CRIME CHARGING PROCEDURE
     A. Decision to prosecute
     B. Limitations on prosecutor's discretion
     C. Charging standards and selection
     D. Attacks on charging
     E. Dismissal of charges
9.  ARRAIGNMENT
     A. Securing defendant's appearance
     B. Arraignment
     C. Constitutional rules and rights during trial
     D. Pleadings
     E. Release from custody
10. PRELIMINARY HEARING
     A. Prosecution burden
     B. Magistrate disposition
11. PRETRIAL PROCEDURE
     A. Time for trial
     B. Discovery
     C. Motions in general
     D. Motion to suppress evidence
     E. Kelly-Frye motion
     F. Pretrial writs
12. ALTERNATIVES TO TRIAL
     A. Non-trial disposition
     B. Guilty plea (summary trial)
     C. Diversion
     D. D.A. office hearing/D.A. probation
     E. Civil compromise
     F. Immunity to testify
     G. Mental treatment alternatives
     H. Trailing greater offenses
     I. Deportation
     J. Dismissal/Release
13. DEFENSE STRATEGIES
      A. Motion for direct verdict
      B. Not guilty by the evidence, or because of Legal Justification
      C. Testimony by the defendant
14. CONCLUSIONS OF THE TRIAL
      A. The rebuttal
      B. The closing arguments
      C. Jury procedures
15. SENTENCING PROCEDURES
      A. Sentence laws
      B. Probation laws
16. POST-SENTENCING PROCEDURES
      A. Sentencing reviews and modifications
      B. Probation and parole searches
      C. Sexually violent predator laws
      D. The death penalty
      E. Writs and the Appellate Process

Assignments:
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1. Take comprehensive notes on lectures.
2. Complete 6 quizzes, a midterm and final examination.
3. Critically evaluate case law.
4. Reading and study of a college level text, with a reading requirement
   of an average of 15-18 pages per week.
5. Attend at least two different criminal court proceedings in a local
   Superior Court.
6. Demonstrate effective writing techniques by appropriately evaluating
   criminal court procedures.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 50%
Written homework, Reporting on & evaluating criminal court procedure
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 80%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Roberson, Cliff, CRIMINAL PROCEDURE TODAY, 2nd Ed., Pearson Education Inc.
Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2003.
Peoples, Edward E., CRIMINAL PROCEDURES IN CALIFORNIA, 2nd Ed., Meadow
Crest Publishing, Forestville, CA, 2002
Rutledge, Devallis, CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 4th Ed., Copperhouse
Publishing Company, Incline Village, NV, 2002
Raymond, Jr., Raymond D., and Daniel E. Hall, CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL LAW AND
PROCEDURE, West Legal Studies, Albany, NY, 1999

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