MVV216K American Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice System

Faculty of Law
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Judge Dale A. Crawford (lecturer), doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Martin Švec (assistant)
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
MVV216K/01: Tue 14. 3. 15:05–16:35 025, Wed 15. 3. 16:40–18:10 025, 18:15–19:45 025, Thu 16. 3. 15:05–16:35 025, Mon 20. 3. 16:40–18:10 025, 18:15–19:45 025, Tue 21. 3. 18:15–19:45 025, Wed 22. 3. 18:15–19:45 025
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: 27/30, only registered: 1/30
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The objective of the course is to give the students a good understanding of the history of American Criminal Law and its Court systems. The students will understand the substantive and procedural aspects of the American Criminal Law.

At the end of the course, the students should be able to
understand and compare the American Constitution Bill of Rights to those of the Czech Constitution;
understand the purposes of the American Criminal Law;
understand how a crime is prosecuted and tried;
how a criminal defendant is punished.
  • 1. History of American Justice, the development of the United States Constitution; the three branches of government and the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights will be compared to the rights set forth in the Czech Constitution (1992);
  • 2. The Sources of the American Criminal Law. The U.S. and state constitutions and the statutory laws of the U.S. and state governments;
  • 3. The Court systems, Federal and State;
  • 4. Limitations placed upon governments in establishing criminal laws;
  • 5. Purposes and Principles of Criminal Law;
  • 6. Elements of Criminal Laws -- Actus Reus and Mens Rea;
  • 7. Burden of Proof; Defenses and Insanity;
  • 8. Pleas; jury trials; duties of the Judge and the Jury;
  • 9. Sentencing - Death Penalty history and present status
  • 10. Appeals.
Teaching methods
lectures, discussions
Assessment methods
Written exam upon completion of the course.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
The course is taught only once.

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