Credits: 3 credits
Sentencing is one of the most significant components of the criminal justice process. Despite its importance, sentencing is frequently an overlooked aspect of an accused person's walk through the criminal justice system. Sentencing Law aims to prepare students for this crucial area of practice. This course considers core principles of sentencing such as denunciation, deterrence, rehabilitation and retribution. The historical development of statute and common law impacting an offender's sentence are studied. Current trends in the common law are discussed, with particular attention to the sentencing of youth and indigenous offenders. Students will apply salient legal principles through oral and written coursework. Students should, on completion, be comfortable speaking to sentence on minor matters in provincial court and in providing meaningful assistance to experienced counsel on serious matters.
Recommended Requisite: Advocacy, Evidence and Ethical Lawyering
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