JST317 Ethics and Professional Practice for Police Prosecutors (8)

This subject deals with the ethical dimension of the role of police prosecutor. Students are introduced to a range of ethical theories and perspectives. This theory is then deployed in the interpretation and analysis of a number of central ethical issues confronted by police prosecutors. These include: the rights of victims; factors relevant to the decision to charge; corruption; evidence, truth and fabrication; the rights of suspects (privacy, non self-incrimination); honesty and deception in the courtroom; punishment and its rationale.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Policing Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have successfully completed JST303.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand basic ethical theory
  • understand some of the main ethical issues in policing, law enforcement, prosecution and sentencing for police prosecutors
  • apply ethical considerations to problems of professional practice
  • draw upon Ethics and Professional Practice to inform other studens in their studies of policing and law enforcement


This subject will cover the following topics:

Moral reasoning The ethical dimensions of policing and law enforcement Theories of policing Discretion Corruption The institution of policing Police culture The rights of suspects (silence, non self-incrimination, safety) Procedural and substantive justice Plea bargaining Evidence The adversarial system Ethical behaviour in the courtroom Sentencing and punishment


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.