MVV189K Criminal Practice & Law (EU Focus)

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
David Hodgkinson (lecturer), doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D. (deputy)
doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Mgr. Věra Redrupová, B.A.
Supplier department: Faculty of Law
Timetable of Seminar Groups
MVV189K/01: Mon 11. 12. 16:40–18:10 025, Tue 12. 12. 15:05–16:35 025, 16:40–18:10 025, Wed 13. 12. 15:05–16:35 025, 16:40–18:10 025, Thu 14. 12. 15:05–16:35 025, 16:40–18:10 025, Fri 15. 12. 8:00–9:30 208
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 30/30, only registered: 29/30
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
On successful completion of the course, a student will be able to:
• Take the role of a criminal advocate from the beginning of a criminal matter and follow the legal skills process including fact management, the charges, advocacy and plea-in-mitigation before sentencing.
• Communicate effective legal knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of criminal law and criminal practice.
• Critically articulate and evaluate the applicable law in relation to criminal law offences with an EU focus.
• Understand legal ethics.
• Advocate at a Criminal Trial Presentation
  • 1. Introduction. Analysis of Evidence & Fact Management: Your Case. Your Opponent’s Case. The Key to Success. What Really Matters? Ethics.
  • 2. The Charges and Considerations for Trial: Points of Criminal Law. How to Think like a Criminal Practitioner.
  • 3. Advocacy: The Tools of Advocacy. Focus of Argument.
  • 4. Advocacy: Theory & Practice. Plea in Mitigation
  • 5. Criminal Trial Presentation
  • See Teacher’s Information for full details
Teaching methods
lectures with discussions, presentations
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
The course is taught only once.
Teacher's information
Criminal Practice & Law (EU Focus) enables a student to gain an understanding of how criminal liability arises in relation to a range of specific criminal offences and to understand how to present these cases as a criminal advocate in the courtroom. It equips a student for practice as an advocate and gives an understanding of the requirements in relation to investigating a criminal law matter. The assessment strategy is in place in order to enable a student to gain academic understanding of the substantive law and how such law ‘works in practice’. Legal Ethics will be explained and a student will accommodate and assimilate the reasons why rigid ethical practice is necessary in the criminal law discipline. A student will gain specific criminal law legal skills and benefit from knowledge of the general workings of the criminal litigation process, coupled with criminal law offences, in contemporary EU legal society.

Literature (materials will be provided however additional reading as follows):

1. Advocacy Bar Manuals - The City Law School, (Oxford University Press, Oxford)

2. Smith and Hogan, Criminal Law 13th Edition (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012)

3. Opinion Writing and Case Presentation Bar Manuals-The City Law School, (Oxford University Press, Oxford)

The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2016.
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