This seminar will explore sentencing law and procedure in Canada. The course will begin with a consideration of the concept of punishment and the philosophical dimensions of sentencing law, including an exploration of the purposes and principles of sentencing. The remainder of the course will be devoted to exploring legislative and judicial approaches to sentencing. More specifically, we will consider the various sentencing options available in Canadian law, the procedural and substantive aspects of sentencing hearings and the interplay of sentencing and plea negotiations. Particular attention will be paid to the sentencing of offenders who are Indigenous, youth offenders and offenders with mental health issues. Other topics for consideration may include mandatory and minimum sentences, Charter litigation and sentencing and victim participation in sentencing.
Administration of Criminal Justice: Sentencing
E. Dann; Adjunct Professor
3 credit(s) 2 hour(s);
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement