Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure (SD 261)


Adjudicatory criminal procedure covers the criminal process starting with the initial decision by prosecutors to file charges and ending with post-conviction appeals. Topics include limitations on the prosecutor's power to file charges, grand jury composition and proceedings, discovery procedures, preliminary hearings, plea bargaining and guilty pleas, jury trials from jury composition and standards of proof at trial through closing arguments, sentencing litigation and procedures, cruel and unusual punishment, double jeopardy issues and post-conviction appeals. The Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure class starts where the basic criminal procedure course ends. The basic class primarily covers constitutional procedures that govern law enforcement in gathering evidence and making arrests. Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure starts when law enforcement takes a case to a prosecutor's office to have charges filed. It covers constitutional rules that govern a prosecution as it proceeds through the court system. This course covers material that appears on the California Bar examination.


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