CJL2130

Criminal Evidence

Course Code:
CJL2130

Credit Hours:
3

Effective beginning:
2022-23

 

 

Course Description:
An analysis of courtroom procedures, presentation of evidence and judicial decisions. Rules of evidence and the roles of judge, prosecutor, defense and jury will be discussed.

Course Details

Instructors:

Virginia "Ginger" Hicks, J.D.
hicksg@chipola.edu
850-718-2319

Terri Whitehead, M.S.
whiteheadt@chipola.edu
850-718-2319

Lynn Wimberly, M.S.
wimberlyl@chipola.edu
850-718-2319

 

Required textbooks/ course materials:

Hails, Judy. Criminal Evidence. 8th Ed. Cengage, 2014. Print. ISBN: 9781285062860.

 

 

Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout

 

Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-03.0 Identify criminal investigation procedures.

SS-09.0 Explain the U.S. Court System and the relation to the rules of evidence.

SS-12.0 Demonstrate oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

SS-13.0 Demonstrate basic computer skills and competency in common software applications.

 

Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Explain investigative techniques used in solving crimes.
  • Explain general criminal laboratory techniques.
  • Discuss the importance of evidence to court proceedings following arrest.
  • Analyze the general process and handling of all evidence from time of discover through disposition.

 

SS-03.01, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

SS-03.02, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

SS-03.05, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

SS-09.06, SS-12.0, SS-13.0

 

Tests, Quizzes, Reports, Writing Assignments

 

Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials
  • Attend and participate in class discussions
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures
  • All courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations, and or classroom discussions.  Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.
  • Assignment Schedule (see first-day handout)
  • Chapters:
    • Introduction
    • Role of Courts
    • The Adjudication Process
    • Types of Evidence
    • Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
    • Witnesses
    • Crime Scene Evidence and Experiments
    • Documentary Evidence, Models, Maps, and Diagrams
    • Hearsay and its Exceptions
    • Privileged Communications
    • Developing Law of Search and Seizure
    • Field Interviews, Arrests, and Jail Searches
    • Plain View, Consent, Vehicle and Administrative Searches
    • USA Patriot Act, Foreign Intelligence, and other types of Electronic Surveillance Covered by Federal Law
    • Self-Incrimination
    • Identification Procedures
    • Preparing the Case for Court

 

 

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