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LEGS6001 - Irish Legal System

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Title:Irish Legal System
Long Title:Irish Legal System
Module Code:LEGS6001
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Law
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Pio Fenton
Module Author: Louise Murphy
Module Description: This module is designed to introduce students to the Irish Legal System and to provide a basis for the study of substantive areas of Irish Law. It introduces the fundamental differences between the Irish Criminal and Civil legal systems, the courts structure and the system of government.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the fundamental principles which govern the operation of the Irish Legal System.
LO2 Identify and explain the various sources of Irish law.
LO3 Show how the court system is structured and classify the key personnel with reference to recent civil and criminal cases.
LO4 Describe the criminal process from commission of a crime to sentencing.
LO5 Explain how civil cases are processed and alternative methods of dispute resolution.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Not applicable
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Not applicable
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

Not applicable
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Key principles of Irish Law
Nature and purpose of law, law and society, law and other disciplines. This history of the Irish legal system. Divisions of Law. Introduction to legal terminology.
Sources of Law
Bunreacht na hÉireann (The Irish Constitution). The Oireachtas. Legislation. European Union Law. Judicial precedent.
Courts and Legal Personnel
The Courts Service. Structure & jurisdictional capacity of the Irish Civil and Criminal Courts.
Criminal Procedure
The concept of a 'crime'. Outline of the criminal process. The role of the Gardaí and DPP. Availability of legal aid. The trial of criminal offences, role of Judge and Jury. Sentencing in criminal cases.
Civil Procedure
The concept of a 'civil wrong'. Conduct of a civil trial, role of the Judge. The range of civil remedies. The Injuries Board. Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Short Answer Questions on Principles & Sources of Irish Law 1,2,3 30.0 Week 9
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of topic in class 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Reading and research 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of Topic in class 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Directed Learning Reading and Research 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Kenneally & Tully 2013, The Irish Legal System, Clarus Press [ISBN: 9781905536580]
  • Vaeni Mac Donnell 2015, An Introduction to Business Law, 2nd Ed., Chartered Accountants Ireland [ISBN: 9781910374337]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Áine Keenan 2012, Essentials of Irish Business Law, 6th Ed., Gill Education [ISBN: 9780717152612]
  • Raymond Byrne and J Paul McCutcheon 2014, Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System, 6th Ed., Bloomsbury Professional [ISBN: 9781780435008]
  • Tanya Ni Mhuirthile, Catherine O'Sullivan and Liam Thornton 2016, Fundamentals of the Irish Legal System, Roundhall [ISBN: 9781858007120]
  • Matthew Holmes 2017, EU Law, Round Hall Nutshells [ISBN: 9780414060999]
  • Carolan 2004, EU Law for Students in Ireland, Gill & Macmillan Ltd [ISBN: 9780717146031]
  • Conor Hanly 2015, An Introduction to Irish Criminal Law, 3rd Ed., Gill Education Dublin [ISBN: 9780717159734]
  • Fergus W. Ryan 2008, Constitutional Law, 2nd Ed., Thompson Round hall Dublin [ISBN: 9781858004983]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_7 Bachelor of Business 3 Mandatory
CR_BACCT_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting 1 Mandatory
CR_BBUSS_6 Higher Certificate in Business 3 Mandatory
CR_BACCT_6 Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting 1 Mandatory

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