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CJC 203 - Evidence and Procedures

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is a study of the principles, duties and mechanics of criminal justice procedures in the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as they apply to search and seizure, arrest and investigations. Also considered is the evaluation of evidence and proof with regard to kind, degree, admissibility, competence and weight. The course emphasizes rules of evidence at the operational level of law enforcement.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Summarize the rules of evidence and their origin.
  2. Describe the influence of court rulings on the rules of evidence.
  3. Explain the concept of admissibility of evidence.
  4. Outline the rules of procedure and their origin.
  5. Summarize the importance of comprehensive report writing.
  6. Describe the reasoning for the existence of rules and procedures in the criminal justice system.
  7. Outline the importance of proper methods of testifying in court.
  8. Discuss procedural processes utilized by the American criminal court system.
Listed Topics
  1. The basic functions of the rules and procedures for the collection of evidence
  2. The description of evidence
  3. Rules of search and seizure
  4. Rules of interrogation
  5. The sequence of events from arrest and trial and the impact of rules of criminal procedure
  6. The impact of court rulings and procedural law on criminal investigations
  7. Ethics in arrest and prosecution of criminal offenders
  8. Testifying in court
  9. Civil liabilities for violating rules of evidence and rules of criminal procedure
Reference Materials
A contemporary text in the field.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 2/2/2023
Last Reviewed: 2/2/2023

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