LEGAL301-19Y (HAM)


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Paper Description

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An analysis of the general principles of criminal law and selected offences chargeable under New Zealand law; an introduction to criminal procedure from arrest to sentencing in both jury and judge-alone trials (excluding evidence); and an introduction to the criminal justice system.
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Paper Structure

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Crimes is a full year course. There will be three hours lectures per week one 2 hour lecture and one 1hour lecture per week. There will also be six tutorials per year as set out below.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the criminal law framework
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  • demonstrate an understanding of the elements of an offence
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  • independently analyse specific crimes and defences
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  • apply procedural requirements in respect of different categories of offences, including arrest and detention; bail; depositions procedure; name suppression and sentencing
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  • consider the above issues from the perspectives of prosecution and defence counsel, court personnel, and legislators
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Please see the information below about the internal assessment for this paper. The date and time of the final exam will be advised once the examination timetable has been released by the university. The exam is worth 60 percent of your final mark. You will be permitted to take into the exam your own copy of the bound LexisNexis reprint of the Crimes Act 1961 (not a printed version) which may include your own annotations on the Act itself but no other material is permitted, including tabs, dividers, sticky notes or other inserted pages. Please do not fold pages or otherwise alter the book. Please also note you are not allowed to twink or whiteout printed text in the Crimes Act but must use the existing whitespace in the printed version.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 40:60. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 60% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 40:60 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 60% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Criminal opinion
8 Jul 2019
8:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Criminal Procedure Take Home Test
3 Sep 2019
12:00 PM
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3. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of McLay, Murray & Orpin, New Zealand Law Style Guide, 2nd edition, Thomson Reuters (2011). This is available from Bennetts, at an approximate price of $37 including GST.

All Crimes students are required to purchase a copy of the bound LexisNexis version of the Crimes Act 1961 (as amended) as this will be required for the final exam.

In addition to the texts identified below, the case readings for this course are available at the Waikato Reading List at the following link:


A Simester and W Brookbanks Principles of Criminal Law (5th ed) by Simester & Brookbanks, (Wellington: Thomson Reuters, 2017)

The most recent edition of JB Robertson (ed) Adams on Criminal Law (Student ed), (Wellington: Thomson Reuters)
NOTE: Principles of Criminal Law and Adams can be purchased as a discounted package.

J Finn, D Mathias and R Mansfield Criminal Procedure in New Zealand (Wellington,Thomson Reuters, 2013)

Other materials may be made available on Moodle from time to time.

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Recommended Readings

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Highly Recommended

  • Midson Butterworths Q & A Criminal Law (4th ed) LexisNexis (2014)


  • Tolmie, J and Brookbanks, W, (eds) Criminal Justice in New Zealand (Wellington: LexisNexis, 2007)
  • Jackson M, “He Whaipaanga Hou Part 2; The Maori and the Criminal Justice System: A New Perspective”, 1988. This will be placed on Course Reserve in the Law Library.

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at or call 838 4008.

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Students should expect to spend 300 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation of assignments.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Crimes is part of the core curriculum for the LLB. Crimes links to the following undergraduate papers: LEGAL401 The Law of Evidence; LEGAL403 Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice System, and LEGAL435 Cyberlaw.

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Prerequisite papers: LEGAL103 and LEGAL104; or LAWS103.




Restricted papers: LAWS301

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