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CRIM12-204: The Australian Criminal Justice System


This subject considers the main institutions and agencies involved in criminal justice in Australia, namely police, courts and prisons. The subject offers descriptions and data regarding these institutions as well as critical analyses of the agencies involved with reference to particular social groups and crime issues. Some contemporary issues include deaths in custody, the role of juries, mandatory sentencing, notification laws, DNA evidence and restorative justice. The overall emphasis is on gaining knowledge of how these institutions operate and what the current policy implications are. However, we will also examine other justice systems (juvenile justice, restorative, inquisitorial) to provide a basis of comparison with the operations of criminal justice in Australia.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950

Learning outcomes

1. Describe the processes involved in the justice system. 2. Appraise new developments in justice processes (such as drug courts). 3. Critically discuss contemporary criminal justice issues (such as lock-out laws).

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021