Checking date: 05/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Criminal procedure law
Study: Dual Bachelor in Law and Economics (230)

Coordinating teacher: SOLETO MUÑOZ, HELENA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Criminal Law, Procedural Law and History Law

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Judicial System Criminal Law I Criminal Law II
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Generally, comprehension of fundamental concept of Criminal Procedure is pursued; to this end, legal texts, databases and case-law shall be used, together with the ability of teamwork and the development of writing and oral presentation abilities. More specifically, theoretical and pragmatic knowledge that is essential to developing a professional activity in the Criminal Procedure Law field shall be pursued, such as: - Criminal Procedure and its procedural modalities. - Preparation of criminal defense and prosecution. - Composing of writings and procedural acts, rulings and appeals. - Decision making. - Precedents and legislation database handling. - Knowledge and practical advice to the development of the professional careers related to the activities of attornies and legal representatives in the Criminal Law field. - Basic knowledge to the development of professional careers related to Justice Administration as a Judge, Prosecutor, Court worker, Clerk etc in the Criminal Law field. - Oral and written skills to advocate.
Description of contents: programme
I. CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL LAW FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS Constitutional Principles of the Criminal Procedure Structure of the Criminal Process Organs and subjects participating in the process II. CRIMINAL ORDINARY PROCESSES       Modes of initiation of criminal proceedings       The training phase       The intermediate phase       The oral trial and sentence       The ordinary criminal proceedings       Special criminal proceedings and specialties III. THE RESOURCES IN THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE IV. THE CRIMINAL EXECUTION V. RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Learning activities and methodology
The subject contents a period of four months in total 16 weeks: 12 weeks of teaching with 3 hours per week, divided in one theoretical class in a multiple group (1h30) and one practical class developed in small groups (1h30). ACTIVITIES: o Lectures. o Seminaries. o Research. o Oral presentation of the research work. o Practical classes: - Elaboration of procedural documents. - Analysis of precedent and doctrine. - Reflections about legal news. - Analysis of videotaped real trials. - Simulations of trials and legal debates; or, visits to the courts and/or tribunals to attend real trials. METHODOLOGY: -. Through the study of the specialized material (handbooks, doctrine and precedents) and through the classes and the guidance in office hours, the student will participate in seminaries in order to improve the oral legal argumentation capacities. -. Concerning the practical classes, the student will elaborate legal documents which will be revised and debated. -. Students will defend different legal positions during the role-play to be held in the Sala de Vistas; the activity will then be commented and analyzed. -. The essential abilities will be gained by means of the study of real trials, both by attending in real time and by viewing videotaped versions, and on the basis of subsequent analysis. OFFICE HOURS SYSTEM: -. Individual tutoring will be scheduled between professor and student following a request by the student and taking into account the timetable of both. -. During the period of classes, to the extent that there exist such a possibilty, three collective office hours shall be scheduled: one corresponding to each evaluation/month; they shall be complementary and non compulsory to the student.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Additional Bibliography
  • Fiodorova, Anna. Intercambio transfronterizo de perfiles de ADN: ¿menos es más?¿. La Ley Penal. Revista de Derecho Penal, Procesal y Penitenciario. 2016, (118)
  • Fiodorova, Anna. La transmisión de información personal y datos personales en la Unión Europea para fines de investigación de delitos¿. Aranzadi. 2015
  • Soleto Muñoz, Helena. Macrojuicio por terrorismo: problemática procesal del enjuiciamiento de los ataques terroristas de 2004 en Madrid. RIEDPA. 2016
  • Soleto Muñoz, Helena. Parámetros europeos de limitación de Derechos Fundamentales en el uso de datos de ADN en el proceso Penal. Revista General de Derecho Procesal. 2016

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.

More information: