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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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LAWE 2700 - Advanced Court Procedures

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: LAWE 1100  and either LAWE 1280  or LAWE 1290 

This course provides practical experience in advanced court processes connected with law enforcement. The student will be presented with a factual scenario in which the student will be assigned a role. The student will then be faced with the consequences of police actions taken through civil, criminal, and department legal proceedings.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and define issues affecting law enforcement officers subsequent to taking police action in criminal cases.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify testimonial issues relating to preliminary examinations. Through an actual direct and cross-examination, students will be expected to testify about their participation in a scenario. In addition, students will be held accountable for any reports written, evidence gathered, statement taken, or interrogation administered.
  2. Students will be responsible for their reports as well as for their description of events that transpired in the gathering of this evidence. They will demonstrate these objectives through direct and cross-examination.
  3. Identify issues related to police incident reports. Each student will generate an original report and that report will be used to examine the witness. In addition, the report will be used in civil litigation. Students will be instructed and will demonstrate their knowledge of police reports by preparing samples prior to the scenario and subsequent to the scenario.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate writing skills in report writing and statements. Students will be given instruction in the proper preparation of reports.
  5. Students will participate in a mock oral board in which command officers will ask questions relating to knowledge of police procedure in preparation for the hiring process.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and define issues affecting law enforcement officers subsequent to taking police action in civil cases.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify testimonial issues related to depositions. Students will prepare for and attend a deposition regarding the actions they took during the scenario. Students will be responsible for obtaining and bringing evidence and will be examined by plaintiff’s counsel.
  2. Identify differences between criminal and civil procedure prior to trial. Students will attend a mock deposition where they will be questioned regarding their actions in the scenario from a civil litigation perspective.
  3. Identify potential defenses to be used on behalf of officers in civil proceedings. Civil attorneys will discuss the answering of interrogatories, and discuss defenses to be raised in the civil process.
  4. Demonstrate proper courtroom and testifying skills. Civil attorneys will discuss student participation pointing out pitfalls and questions to be anticipated by officers in similar situations.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary used in the hearing process. Students will be required to research articles on testimony in the library and on the Internet.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Report writing
  2. Scenario
  3. Preliminary Exam
  4. Deposition
  5. Oral board
  6. Presentations by current police officers on criminal investigation
  7. Discipline
  8. Federal District Court
  9. Medical Examiner’s Office

Primary Faculty
Bowlin, Samantha
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Lopez, Michael
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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