LAW10260 Criminal Procedure

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examines the Irish Criminal Process from apprehension (arrest, summons etc) to charge, to trial and on to sentencing. It includes a focus on topics such as remand and release on bail, detention for questioning, and trial by jury, and also looks at aspects of the penal process including prison law. There is also a focus on the historical background to criminal procedure and how it has affected the criminal process and criminal law in modern times.

** 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 will be able to:- discuss the influence of criminal procedure on the development of criminal law; - identify the ways in which the criminal process is initiated;- outline the time limits involved in the process;- discuss the distinctions between summary and indictable procedures; - determine when bail will be refused or allowed;and generally be able to advise an accused person or the State in given circumstances of their options within the Irish Criminal Process.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The course will be taught with two hour lectures
Reading lists will be provided on Brightspace 
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
Examination: Written Examination 2 hours 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback post-assessment

Name Role
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