Criminal Procedure

ldroi1225  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Criminal Procedure
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
45.0 h + 10.0 h
Main themes
The subject matter includes the rules of judicial organisation, competence in criminal matters and criminal procedure as such. The topics covered include the general principles governing the law on criminal procedure, the rules related to public and civil actions, the pre-trial phase (police inquiries, judicial investigation, detention on remand), the trial itself, and the means of recourse against the verdict. The training focuses mainly on Belgian law, but also takes account of comparative law and sometimes examines possible reforms. This course is given in a large auditorium and takes the form of lectures. Given its objectives, it describes the status of the law and case law, and seeks to create analytical interchanges with the students. A continuous attention is paid to the formal sources of the subject. Compulsory sessions of practical training (8 hours) provide the students with the opportunity to develop a practical approach of the subjects taught. These sessions are prepared by the students, whose performances are evaluated by an assistant. Together with the head of the department, the teacher sees that the practical training and the lectures are coherent and well connected, including with respect to the evaluation.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course is intended to provide students with understanding of the major issues linked to criminal trials, from the pre-trial phase (police inquiries or judicial investigation) to the trial itself and the use of remedies. It includes a study of the organisation of the judiciary and police, of competence in criminal proceedings and of the various stages of the criminal trial as such.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Teaching materials
  • Code : indispensable à l'examen mais le choix de la maison d'édition est laissé à l'étudiant (la farde de textes législatifs n'étant par contre pas autorisée pour des raisons de praticabilité des contrôles).
  • Précis (Introduction à la procédure pénale de M.-A. Beernaert, N. Colette-Basecqz, C. Guillain, L. Kennes, P. Mandoux, M. Preumont et D. Vandermeersch, 6e éd., 2017, Bruxelles, la Charte).
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Law (access)

Bachelor in Law