The subject of this course is the criminal process "from bail to jail."
We examine the theory, policy, history, and development of the
constitutional and non-constitutional procedural components of the
criminal trial process, as well as pre-trial and post-trial proceedings.
Topics include: bail and pre-trial detention, initiating prosecution,
grand juries and preliminary hearings, joinder and severance of charges
and defendants, double jeopardy, right to counsel, competency to stand
trial and right to self-representation, discovery and disclosure of
information to other parties, plea-bargaining and guilty pleas, speedy
trial rights, jury selection, right to confrontation, privilege against
self-incrimination, sentencing, direct appeals, and collateral review.
course is designed to complement Law 202 ("Constitutional Criminal
Procedure"), Law 711 ("Pre-trial Criminal Litigation"), Law 715
("Criminal Defense Clinic"), and Law 720 ("Criminal Trial Advocacy"),
but those courses are not prerequisites.