CJS5540EN - Criminal Evidence and Procedures

Course description

The focus is on the principles relating to the impact of the Constitution of the United States on the admissibility of evidence (i.e. search and seizure, admissions and confessions, the right to counsel, identification procedures), and principles relating to the law enforcement professional as a witness.

How this course benefits students

In correlation with the School's mission and vision, lead and equip students for the purpose of preparing leaders to join God's mission of spiritually transforming people and communities.

Why this course is important

Criminal Evidence and Procedure examines the principles and techniques of criminal procedure employed during trials to determine the admissibility of physical and testimonial evidence. An analysis of laws and court decisions relating to admissibility is emphasized

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Criminal Justice
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2022-01 (Aug. 22, 2022 - Oct. 16, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Melinda Whitman, Esq., Senior Professor of Criminal Justice

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The ideas of justice and righteousness are deeply connected in the Bible. Both are richly applied to many things, from fair weights and measures, to just legal proceedings, to good personal conduct, to honesty and truthfulness, to an individual’s right or just claim.

Missionally driven

In keeping with the School's mission and vision we will prepare leaders to join God's mission and spiritually transform people and communities.

Contextually informed

In the criminal justice realm, how to handle criminal evidence and procedures in the real word is mandatory for a successful career. This course will enable the student to achieve this goal.

Interculturally focused

Create a foundational instruction on addressing racial and cultural disparity in our criminal justice system, providing resources and training tools for those in the judicial, prosecutorial, and defense agencies, as well other members of the legal professional community.

Practically minded

The practical aspect of this course helps students to engage in the works of mission in the criminal justice system because of the character and activities of God and His mission.

Experientially transformed

Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results.