University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

LAW 3546 - Appellate Law & Miscarriages of Justice

Career: Undergraduate Law
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: 3 hours per week (when averaged over the Semester)
Restriction: Available to LLB and B.Criminology with B.Laws and BArts Advanced with B.Laws students only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: LAW 2503 or LAW 2599
Assessment: Group class presentation and a Research Essay

The course examines first instance criminal appeal process in South Australian and Federal Courts and post-conviction review mechanisms throughout Commonwealth nations, including Australia, the U.K, Canada, Scotland and New Zealand. Students will critically examine, through class participation and oral and written assessment, the development, rules and nature of criminal appeals in Australia in contrast with post-conviction processes for reviewing criminal convictions subsequent to exhaustion of the appeal process. The course syllabus involves the following modules: History and Development of the Criminal Appeal in the United Kingdom; Criminal appeal Process in Australian State and Federal Jurisdictions; Criminal Appeal in other Commonwealth Nations; The Principle of Finality; The Institution of Mercy (1) - Prerogative Power and Exercise; The Institution of Mercy (2)- Referral Power and Exercise; Special Inquisition into Criminal Miscarriage - Royal Commission and Inquiry; The Nature of Executive Post-Conviction Review and the Separation of Powers; Reform CCRC;s and Innocence Projects; Reform - Second Statutory Appeals; International Obligations on Criminal Appeal Process and Executive Mercy.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 16/03/2020 Thu 26/03/2020 Fri 12/06/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
14232 LE01 60 8 4 Mar - 8 Apr Wednesday 1pm - 4pm Marjoribanks, 126, SANTOS Lecture Theatre
6 May - 10 Jun Wednesday 1pm - 4pm Marjoribanks, 126, SANTOS Lecture Theatre