Criminal Law and Policing in Ireland

Portmarnock Community School Adult Education Dept.

An Introduction to Criminal Law and Policing in Ireland

The course will provide an introduction to policing and criminal law in Ireland. It would be aimed at members of the public who have a good general knowledge of current affairs and who want to better understand the crime stories and processes that are a staple of our daily lives/media. It would be of benefit to those seeking a taster course in law, those considering a career in law enforcement (such as An Garda Síochána, other enforcement agencies and the Garda Reserve), others working in the criminal justice system in Ireland and those in other careers who are interested in policing and crime studies.

1. An overview of Policing, Crimes and the Criminal Courts

  • Policing in Ireland
  • Where does criminal law come from?
  • Identifying and classifying a crime
  • Finding criminal law online
  • Constituent parts of a crime
  • The Criminal Courts in Ireland

2. Criminal Offences

  • Homicide
  • Non-fatal offences against the person
  • Offences against property
  • Offences against public order
  • Road Traffic Offences

3. Police Investigation – The Investigation of crime

  • Powers of entry, seizure, search
  • Arrest
  • Detention
  • Questioning of suspects
  • Forensic Samples and the management of crime scenes

4. Criminal Procedure

  • Instituting Proceedings
  • First Court Appearance
  • Bail
  • Trial
  • Appeal
  • Sentencing

5. Evidence

  • Admissibility of Evidence
  • Burden of Proof
  • Hearsay
  • Witnesses
  • Disclosure

6. The Criminal Assets Bureau

7. Case Study – Drink Driving (from detection to prosecution)

8 – 10. Recap and Students’ Choice

About the tutor: Mr. Stíofáin Ó Míocháin BL