LAW10260 Criminal Procedure

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examines the Irish criminal process by considering in detail the various steps in the life-cycle of a criminal trial. It considers the rights of persons who are arrested, and procedures relating to bail. Procedures relating to jury trials and basic principles, such as the presumption of innocence, are considered in detail. The role of lawyers in the criminal process is also examined.

** Penultimate and final year Law students are not permitted to register to this module as their in programme or Horizons elective.**

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Having completed this module students should be able to:

identify the ways in which the criminal process is initiated;
demonstrate an understanding of the structure of the Irish legal system as it relates to crime;
discuss the role played by different stage agencies and actors in the criminal process;
understand the rights of persons accused of criminal offences;
discuss the influence of criminal procedure on the development of criminal law;
find and read primary legal materials such as the Constitution, legislation and case law.

Indicative Module Content:

Overview of the Irish legal system,
The life cycle of a criminal trial
The rights of arrested persons
The role of lawyers in the criminal process
The burden of proof and the presumption of innocence
The jury trial

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
There are weekly in-person lectures from 9.00 am– 11.00 am on Fridays in the Sutherland School of Law. Lectures in criminal procedure will be interactive in nature, and students will be expected to contribute to class discussion.
Reading lists will be posted on Brightspace, along with other useful resources and information.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Short quiz on Brightspace Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Short quiz on Brightspace (3) Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Short quiz on Brightspace (2) Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Written assignment requiring independent research and personal reflection on the module content Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

On this module, feedback is available in several formats: Individual or group feedback on specific issues discussed in lectures Individual feedback on the Brightspace quizzes Individual feedback during student office hours. Group feedback on the final exam

Name Role
Mr Michael Staines Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Andrew Woods Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Fri 09:00 - 10:50