Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits
Studying on this module, you will critically examine the principles of disclosure, taking you through a structured, methodical process, discussing the common law principles that apply, the statutory law as set out in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 and the supporting Code of Practice.
The module will explore the role and responsibilities of investigators, disclosure officers and the Senior Investigating Officer, the disclosure tests contained within the legislation and the requirements placed on the prosecution and the defence.
You will evaluate the disclosure tests contained within the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 and the requirements placed on the prosecution and the defence. There will be a focus on managing disclosure in complex cases, the scheduling of material, dealing with sensitive material, the application of Public Interest Immunity (PII) and considerations around third-party material. The programme will examine how the Investigating Officer (IO) / Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) will implement and develop strategies to deal with unused material, it will also deal with strategic issues including the role of the CPS as the prosecuting authority.
After completing the module you should be able to:
- Critically evaluate the common law rules of disclosure in the early stages of the investigation / prosecution of cases
- Critically appraise the duty to record, retain and reveal material, to pursue reasonable lines of investigation and an awareness of the disclosure tests contained in the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
- Critically assess how to handle sensitive material
- Critically evaluate the legal and ethical considerations for the IO / SIO in managing criminal investigations and understanding the wider strategic issues faced by the IO /SIO, including the role of the Prosecuting Authority
Teaching and learning
Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.
The course consists of:
- 7 sessions run over a 18 week period
- 21 taught hours
- 200 learning hours
- First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
- This CPD module is open to recruitment for Police Officers or Police Staff. The content of the programme is also of relevance to individuals working in other law enforcement agencies who will deal with disclosure as a key element of their work processes (e.g. the NCA, DWP and H&S Executive)
- 2000 word essay
- 15 minute presentation
This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.
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