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ZUG1018 – Criminal procedure

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2017

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the rules of the law of criminal procedure relating to the course of the criminal trial and the processes that could possibly be followed after a trial. Criminal procedure Law forms part of Public Law and is concerned with the trial procedure. The module explains the context and scope of a trial within South Africa. It demonstrates a fundamental knowledge of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 and an informed understanding of the important terms, rules, concepts, general principles and theories. A strategic and integrative approach is followed and explored through the use of appropriate case studies and applied activities to describe criminal procedure law. To develop independent research skills, including the use of technology for legal research.


  • Give a critical exposition of the terminology, principles and procedure of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977, with particular reference to the criminal trial that includes plea, appeal and review possibilities.
  • Describe the system of criminal prosecution in South Africa.
  • Distinguish, identify and apply legal rules and principles, so that clearly defined but unknown factual and legal problems can be resolved by following the correct procedure and providing relevant proof.
  • Convey information and solutions coherently and clearly and integrating them by using professional formats, including drawing up relevant documents during the trial.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally, based on expected, strong ethically based and value driven argument and disclosure.
  • Have a sound ability to communicate the law, and its application to different factual situations, in writing or orally with reference to the necessary authority.
  • Apply in depth knowledge gained during the course to solve practical problems.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.


Criminal law (ZUG3005)