Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

AJ 200 - Procedures In The Hawai‘I Justice System

  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: AJ 101

This course provides an examination of the basic Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment procedural principles that govern the interaction of the police and suspects in the investigation of crime. Beginning with the initial encounter, the course will examine the constitutional guidelines developed to regulate police behavior in the areas of investigatory stops, searches and seizures, arrests, interrogations, Miranda, and electronic surveillance. The effects of failing to follow these judicially mandated guidelines will also be explored.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of AJ 200, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts of probable cause and reasonable suspicion and its effect on the legality of arrests and admissibility of evidence;
  • Define the exclusionary rule and describe its purpose, procedures for invoking the rule, and certain major exceptions to the rule;
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the law of stop and frisk and stationhouse detention, the role of reasonable suspicion, its distinction from an arrest, and its application in various contexts;
  • Define the law of arrest, the role of probable cause, the necessity of a warrant, permissible procedures before and following an arrest, and the reasonable use of force;
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of the law of search and seizure of things, the requirement of probable cause and necessity of a warrant, and exceptions to the warrant requirement;
  • Articulate a basic understanding of the law governing vehicle stops, searches and inventories including the scope of such procedures, and the role of reasonable suspicion;
  • List and describe the three procedures used in pretrial identification lineups, showups and photographic identification, and the four constitutional rights invoked during these procedures;
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the impact that Miranda v. Arizona has on the admisibility of confessions, the concepts of custodial interrogation, and when the Miranda warnings are and are not required.

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