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Criminal Law

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Unit 3:  Criminal Law

First Assignment:  Chapter 8  Crime and Criminal Law


Task One: What is Crime?

(i)     Reading:  pages 230 to 234

        Questions:  1 and 2, page 234


(ii)    Reading:  pages 234 to 235

          Questions:  1 to 4, page 235


Task Two: Purpose of Criminal Law

  • Retribution - punishing wrongful behaviour, fairly
  • Protection of Society - deterring future wrongdoing and make society safer
    • private harm principle
    • public harm principle
    • offence principle
    • legal paternalism
    • legal moralism

(i)     Reading:  pages 236 and 239

        Questions:  1 to 3, page 239


Task Three: Who Commits Crime?

(i)     Reading:  pages 240 to 242

        Questions:  1 to 4, page 242


Task Four: Life on City Streets

(i)     Reading:  pages 243 to 244

        Questions:  1 and 2, page 244


Task Five: Who Are the Victims of Crime?

(i)     Reading:  pages 245 to 246

        Questions:  1 and 2, page 246


Task Six: Elements of an Offence

  • Actus Reus - the wrongful act or omission in a criminal offence
  • Mens Rea - the blameworthy mental element in a criminal offence


(i)     Reading:  pages 246 to 250

        Questions:  1 to 3, page 250


Task Seven: Absolute and Strict Liability

  • Absolute Liability - culpability based on the commission of an actus reus without regard to the mens rea
  • Strict Liability - culpability based on the commission of an actus reus and inability to prove the defence of due diligence


(i)     Reading:  pages 250 to 252

        Questions:  1 to 3 (Case) and 1 to 3 (Check Your Understanding) , page 252


(ii)    Reading:  pages 252 to 254

        Questions:  1 and 2, page 254


Task Eight: Methods of Legal Inquiry - Reading Statistics Critically

(i)     Reading:  pages 254 to 255

        Questions:  1 to 3, page 255


Task Nine: Reviewing Main Ideas

(i)     Reading:  pages 256 to 257

        Questions:  1 to 4, page 257 

                           1, 4, 10, and 11, pages 258-259



Chapter 9            Rules of Criminal Procedure

Click on the hyperlink to access the assignment.

Assignment 1:  Crime Scene Investigation

Assignment 2:  Police Powers

Assignment 3:  Search Power (currently no assignment)


Assignment 4: Ensuring the Accused's Appearance in Court and Methods of Trial (currently no assignment)



Chapter 10          The Criminal Trial

Viewing of two slide shows on the main points of the chapter:

The Trial Process



Chapter assignments (currently in  

AssignmentWriting a Legal Case Brief (see pages 315-316 of the textbook) 


Chapter 11          Delivering Criminal Justice


1. Summarize the following topics from the chapter:

(i)    Plea Bargaining

(ii)   Sentencing (including the steps of the process)

(iii)  Restorative Justice Programs

(iv)  Sentencing Options


2. Read over and review R v. Moses (pages 333-336)


3. Research one case of wrongful conviction in Canada (click here for information about wrongful convictions).   One possible case might be the case of Steven Truscott.   Summarize the case and what went wrong in one paragraph and answer questions 1-3 on page 345.


4. Complete Identifying Legal Issues, questions 1-3, page 350.


5. Complete You Decide!, questions 1-3, page 352.


6. Complete Reviewing Main Ideas, questions 1, 3, , page 352.


7. Prepare for a quiz on Criminal Law.  The quiz will include key terms, a choice of short answer questions (likely 3 out of 5, taken from the textbook), and questions on a case (the case will be included in the text).  The likely date for the quiz will be Monday, February 8th.



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