This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to employ legal principles and aspects of criminal law, including criminal procedure, substantive aspects of criminal offences as defined in legislation and at common law, and, to evaluate the impact of law reform issues, in order to support the work of a legal office or associated context.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communication skills to work with clients, colleagues, management, relevant specialist personnel under direction, independently or within a team; - research, analytical and critical thinking skills to identify, evaluate and debate a wide range of aspects and elements of criminal law; - research and analytical skills to determine relevance of particular sections of the Crime Act to particular offences, and; - analytical, literacy and technical writing skills to interpret information, prepare documents and reports.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - relevant international, Federal, State and local government legislative and statutory requirements, regulations and provisions pertaining to criminal law; - general concepts, procedures and elements of criminal law; - the concept of crime and purposes of criminal law in society; - criminal procedures in a criminal matter and possible penalties for a criminal offence; - key elements of criminal offences of murder and manslaughter; - assault and sexual offences; - defences to particular offences; - criminal offences of theft; - property offences, and; - strict liability offences.

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