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LAWS13-536: Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure


Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. It is a survey subject intended to introduce students to substantive and procedural aspects of Canadian criminal law. It focuses on the distinctive provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and their interpretation, and also on the role of the Canadian Charter Rights and Freedoms. The coverage of specific topics mirrors that in the compulsory subjects on Criminal Law and Procedure in Canadian law schools. There will be an introduction to criminal procedure followed by more in-depth analysis of issues in substantive criminal law.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles and rules of Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure.  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how these principles and rules have been derived from the provisions of the Code and the Charter and shaped by judicial decisions. 3. Demonstrate an ability to apply legal principles and rules derived from the case law and statutes to new fact situations and to argue for and against possible outcomes.  

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/11/2021
Semester start17/01/2022
Subject start28/02/2022
Cancellation 1?10/03/2022
Cancellation 2?12/03/2022
Last enrolment08/03/2022
Withdraw – Financial?19/03/2022
Withdraw – Academic?31/03/2022
Teaching census?18/03/2022
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?21/09/2022
Cancellation 2?23/09/2022
Last enrolment19/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?29/09/2022
Withdraw – Academic?09/10/2022
Teaching census?28/09/2022