Course number: LAW 1140
This course is meant to introduce students to the basic procedures and doctrinal frameworks of Canadian criminal law. The course begins with an overview of several basic concepts, including: sources of criminal law, the presumption of innocence, the relationship between the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and limits on Canadian criminal jurisdiction. The course then analyzes principles of actus reus (the criminal act) and mens rea (the guilty state of mind) and their role in defining the essential elements of criminal offences. A number of specific criminal offences are then examined. The course then provides an overview of several common defences to criminal charges. The final part of the course provides an overview of the processes and principles of sentencing.
INSTRUCTOR: David Milward