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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 Objectives
  • To understand and appreciate the multi-disciplinary aspects of criminal procedure.
  • To understand the roles and functions served by the various governmental entities in the criminal justice system and to heighten the student’s sensitivity to the constitutional limitations placed on these entities.
  • To gain experience with the common legal terminology and methods used by professionals in the criminal justice system.
  • To understand competing values, theories and concepts involved with criminal procedure and to enable the student to apply them to situations involving conflicts between the government and the individual.
  • To demonstrate critical thinking, research and writing skills on criminal procedure related issues.
    Measurable Learning
  • Define criminal procedure as a concept.
  • Explain the philosophical underpinnings of criminal procedure.
  • Know the history of criminal procedure.
  • Describe the process of constitutional decision making at the Supreme Court.
  • Interpret, recognize and apply important Supreme Court decisions involving the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Describe and justify the proper balance between liberty and order in a free society.
  • Know current criminal procedural problems and issues.
  • Explain the basic structure and provisions contained in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
  • Know the structure and processes employed in the American court system, including the Supreme Court.
  • Describe the process and procedures of obtaining and serving warrants.
  • Know the constitutional limitations upon police conduct.
  • Explain the history, development and rationale of the exclusionary rule and its exceptions.
  • Appraise current literature, materials and developments regarding criminal procedure.
  • Describe the various judicially created exceptions to the warrant requirement.
  • Explain how criminal procedural limits on government officials contribute to the betterment of society.
  • Understand areas of reform in the law concerning criminal procedure, and evaluate existing and proposed reforms.
    Topical Outline: In an effort to better prepare students for future educational pursuits and professionalism in their chosen fields, it is highly recommended that all courses bearing the CJAD prefix contain both a writing and speech communication component. Formal writing projects should be prepared in APA format.

  • The meaning of criminal procedure
  • Justices of the Supreme Court
  • Constitutional law, the Supreme Court, and criminal procedure
  • 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 Sixth Amendment: the right to assistance of counsel
  • The Fifth Amendment: interrogation and the law of confessions
  • Identification of suspects: lineups and showups
  • 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: 25

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: November 15, 2007
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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