Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- comprehend crucial legal issues arising in practice and pertaining to Criminal Procedure;
- acquire a systematic understanding of the interpretative positions adopted in case-law and legal doctrine concerning the above issues;
- delve into the interplay between theory and judicial practice;
- apply criminal theory in practice with a clear understanding of the practical implications of each interpretative position;
- develop sustained arguments in support of their interpretative positions;
- research and autonomously appraise bibliography and case-law concerning the above issues.
Course Content (Syllabus)
In the course, issues related to criminal prosecution, jurisdiction, coercive measures, invalidity, referral of the accused and especially the remedies against orders and decisions.
The fundamental principles governing the criminal process are presented, starting with the legislative reform introduced by virtue of the new Code of Criminal Procedure. In addition, central themes spanning broad areas of criminal procedure are presented in detail, including: preliminary examinations, the representation of the victim, unlawfully obtained evidence, trials in absentia, measures of restraint, referral of a case to court, alternative forms of criminal justice, forming a total effective sentence, the application of the European Convention on Human Rights, and other interpretative issues pertaining to the CCP.