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Criminal Litigation for Paralegals - Single Unit 

This unit forms part of our Level 3 Dipolma in Paralegal Practice. It is available to study as a single unit. 


Course Fees

Single Subjects £250 (Incl. VAT) 


Full Course £1190 (Incl. VAT)

Payable by Deposit of £290 and 6 x installments of £150


• All course material

• Assignment and test marking

• Full tutorial support

• Certificate on completion


Unit Description

The aim of the unit is to provide the learner with detailed knowledge of key aspects of criminal litigation. The learner will understand the criminal litigation procedure in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court from arrest to trial.

In addition the learner will know the funding mechanisms available for criminal litigation matters. The learner will also understand the professional conduct requirements when dealing with criminal litigation, and the role of a Paralegal in this area of law.

The skills developed by the learner include: the ability to identify and use factual, procedural and theoretical understanding to complete tasks and address well-defined but complex or non-routine issues; time management to include taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks; the ability to exercise autonomy and judgement within a given scenario; the ability to use and interpret legal language.

This is a course for learners commencing or aspiring to commence a career in Paralegal Practice and those who work in a legal environment



Learning Outcomes

  • Understand police powers in the investigation and detection of crime

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of professional conduct in criminal litigation

  • Know in detail the classification of criminal offences and the criminal procedure that flows from each

  • Identify and describe the functions and jurisdiction of the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court

  • Thoroughly understand the mode of trial proceedings

  • Understand the pre-trial function and procedures for the disclosure of evidence

  • Understand the scope of funding for criminal matters

  • Understand the sentencing process




Assignments can be requested when the learner is ready, and once requested and sent, the Learner will have a four week period in which to complete the assignment and return by the due date.

Tutors are on hand to answer any queries that the student may have and give unlimited help and guidance if there is anything that the student may not fully understand with regard to the material.

Entry Requirements

One of the following is required or equivalent - if unsure, please contact us 0845 862 7000

These qualifications are designed to be offered to learners from the age of 16, although in practice the majority of learners are likely to be over 18.

NALP does not specify entry requirements other than that a reasonable standard of written English is required. However Centres delivering this course are required to ensure that learners who undertake these programmes have sufficient capability at the right level to be suitable to undertake Level 3 assessment.

Please Note: The NALP Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Studies is only available in English.