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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 415
Course Title: Criminal Procedures
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Detailed examination of the procedures utilized in the criminal justice system as they relate to criminal law and the administration of justice. Emphasis is placed on court decisions involving the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

The instructor may also want to consider directing the student to websites containing Criminal Codes and Criminal Cases, such as or other legal sites maintained by governmental or not-for-profit entities.

Criminal Procedure
By Acker and Brody (Aspen Publishing)
Criminal Procedure, Law and Practice
By del Carmen, Rolando (Wadsworth Publishing)
Contemporary Criminal Procedure: Court Decisions for Law Enforcement
By Holz, Larry (Gould Publications)
Criminal Procedure
By Kaci, Judy (Copperhouse Publishing)
Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society
By Zalman, Marvin (Prentice Hall)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the competing values, theories and concepts involved with criminal procedure.
  2. Explain the process of constitutional decision making at the Supreme Court.
  3. Articulate the significance of important Supreme Court decisions involving the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  4. Explain common legal terminology and methods used by professionals in the criminal justice system.
  5. Articulate the constitutional limitations upon police conduct.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Sources of Law 
  • Structure of the Court system
  • Constitutional history
  • The Supreme Court
  • The Fourth Amendment: the basic considerations
  • The exclusionary rule
  • The Fourth Amendment: search warrants, probable cause and electronic eavesdropping
  • The Fourth Amendment: exigency exceptions to the warrant requirement
  • Arrest, stop, and detention
  • The Fifth Amendment: interrogation and the law of confessions
  • The Sixth Amendment: the right to assistance of counsel
  • Identification of suspects: lineups and show ups
  • Entrapment
  • The pretrial process
  • The adjudication process 
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: April 14, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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