ADJ 230 - Civil Liabilities in Criminal Justice

Course Description

Effective: 2012-05-01

Covers the basic legal concepts, theories, and court cases relative to the increasing civil litigation against law enforcement personnel and the representative supportive government agencies that fund them.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The intrusive nature of the duties that criminal justice personnel perform, expose them to higher degrees of liability than other occupations. Criminal justice practitioners are required to restrict citizens' and prisoners' liberties and rights in the course of their performing their job responsibilities. Therefore, they are more likely to become involved in litigation than members of other professions. This course is designed to make current and future practitioners aware of the scope of citizens' rights and their responsibilities to protect all citizens' rights while, at the same time, enforcing the law and/or implementing department policies as well as protecting themselves against lawsuits. Since the 1970s, filing civil lawsuits in the United States has become all too common as American society has become highly litigious, resorting to filing civil lawsuits without hesitation. The major methods of avoiding civil suits by law enforcement will be discussed. Additional discussion will include the positive future trends of law enforcement and citizen suits against the government for violation of civil rights.

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