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Criminal Procedure Law I


The discipline of Criminal Procedural Law I is a discipline which, being procedural in nature, has enormous practical relevance.



Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 6

Year | Type of course unit | Language

3 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

Criminal Law I

Criminal Law II

Professional Internship



1. Meaning, function and scope of criminal procedural law: Initial considerations. The meaning of criminal procedural law. The function and scope of criminal procedural law The application of criminal procedural law

2. The legal constitutional conformation and the structure of criminal proceedings

3. General principles of criminal procedure: Ordering of the fundamental principles of Portuguese criminal procedure; Principles relating to procedural promotion; Principles relating to prosecution; Evidence principles; Form Principles

4. The subjects of the process: Fundamental concepts; The court; The public prosecution service; Defendant (and its defender); The assistant; The Civil Parties

5. The subject of the proceedings: Introduction and fundamental principles; The setting of the object of the proceedings; Changing the subject matter of the proceedings

6. The ordinary procedure

7. Special proceedings


It is intended that the student gain accurate knowledge about each of the different points of the Syllabus, allowing him or her to acquire a solid understanding of the Portuguese criminal procedure in its essential elements able to serve as a basis for practical application. It is intended that the student has deep, accurate and accurate knowledge regarding the structure and constitutional conformation of criminal proceedings, as well as regarding the general principles of criminal proceedings. It is intended, with equal precision and rigor, that the student identifies and assimilates the status of the various procedural subjects, apprehends a dynamic and integrated dimension of the procedural process, whether the Criminal Procedure in the common form, or in its special forms.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The teaching of the course is developed through a theoretical-practical methodology. The exposition of the contents is intersected by the presentation of practical examples in the form of cases as a starting point for the autonomous research of the student and for the exploration of the theoretical contents themselves in a constant dialogue between the theoretical support of the contents and the practical cases presented to the students.

As for assessment methodologies, students will have, in the context of continuous assessment, to two  assessment moments, the first one a commentary to a judicial decision, the second a written test, weighting 50% each. As for final assessment, it will include a written exam with mandatory oral exam for marks 8 and 9 in the written exam.



AA. VV.(2016), Código de Processo Penal Comentado, Coimbra: Almedina;

ANTUNES, Maria João (2018),  Direito Processual Penal, 2ª ed., Coimbra: Almedina;

DIAS, Jorge de Figueiredo (2004), Direito Processual Penal, 1ª ed, Reimp, Coimbra: Coimbra Editora;

GODINHO, Inês Fernandes (2019), Direito Processual Penal I. Tópicos de Estudo, polic.

________ (2017), "Considerações a propósito do princípio do contraditório no processo penal português", Revista da Faculdade de Direito e Ciência Política da ULP, Vol. 10, n.º 2, p. 95 e s.;

MENDES, Paulo de Sousa (2017), Lições de Direito Processual Penal, Reimp., Coimbra: Almedina; 

SILVA, Germano Marques da, Direito Processual Penal Português, Vols. I a III, Lisboa: UCE (última edição disponível)

Office Hours

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Horário de atendimento


Inês Fernandes Godinho

Quinta, 11h30 (mediante marcação prévia)

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Inês Fernandes Godinho

Quinta, 19h30 (mediante marcação prévia)

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