Instructor(s): Kent Roach, Amanda Carling

For graduate students, the course number is LAW3027H.

This course is being offered exclusively remotely, via audio-visual conference.  To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [https://www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/students/tech-requirements-online-learning/]

This seminar will examine how wrongful convictions occur and the variety of reforms that can be taken to minimize the risk of wrongful convictions and to provide redress when they do occur. We will examine how police, expert witnesses, prosecutors, defence lawyers, juries, trial judges and appellate courts all can contribute to wrongful convictions. We will also examine how Indigenous people and other disadvantaged groups may be especially vulnerable to wrongful convictions and face particular challenges in finding remedies. Students will be encouraged to increase knowledge about and awareness of wrongful convictions by working on a registry of wrongful convictions in Canada as well as making submissions about a proposed criminal cases review commission to review wrongful convictions in Canada.

Evaluation
A research paper of a minimum of 6000 words (80%) (maximum 7,500 words), 10% class participation and 10% short comment papers (250 words each) on 2 readings of your choice and a research paper proposal of 500 words. Students may satisfy the Perspective Requirement and complete a SUYRP in this course.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
3
Hours
2
SUYRP
Perspective course

Enrolment

Maximum
25

20 JD
5 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U

Schedule

Th: 9:30 - 11:00 am (AV Conference)