Special Criminal Procedure


  • Mastery of the criminal procedure legislation.
  • Comprehension of theoretical and practical problems.
  • Further development of the capacity to analyse, to build solutions and solve problems within the applicable legal framework.
  • Further development of the capacity to make a critical and detailed analysis of legal solutions.
  • Development of individual research capacities in topics of the course. 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Frederico de Lacerda da Costa Pinto


Weekly - 3

Total - 36

Teaching language



Not Applicable


More books and articles are available in Moodle. Relevant literature:


Albuquerque, Paulo Pinto de - Comentário do Código de Processo Penal, UCP, Lisboa, 2011


Andrade, Manuel da Costa - Sobre as proibições de prova em Processo Penal, Coimbra Editora, Coimbra, 1992


AAVV - Comentário Judiciário do Código de Processo Penal, Tomo II, artigos 124.º a 190.º, Coimbra: Almedina, 2019


Beleza, Teresa Pizarro - «O processo penal português em tempos de mudança», in Themis, n.º 6 (edição especial), 2018, p. 73-88


Correia, João Conde - Contributo para a análise da inexistência e das nulidades processuais penais, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra Editora, Coimbra, 1999


Delmas-Marty, Mireille (dir.) - Procédures pénales d¿Europe, PUF, Paris, 1995.


Mendes, Paulo de Sousa - Lições de Direito Processual Penal, reimpressão, Coimbra: Almedina, 2017 (ou reimpressão posterior)


Silva, Germano Marques da - Curso de Processo Penal, vol. II (5.ª ed.), Lisboa: Verbo, 2011  (ou edição posterior, que pode surgir com o novo título dos volumes I e III: Direito Processual Penal, editado agora pela UCP)

Teaching method

1. Lectures: lectures on the course material by the lecturer; students may pose queries and raise problems.


2. Tutorial: solution of practical cases specifically conceived to promote discussion of various aspects of the course material.


3. Seminar: analysis and consideration of Portuguese case law regarding the topics taught.


4. Supervised research. Students' research skills will also be encouraged via a project, the production of written commentaries on judgments of the Portuguese courts regarding the topics taught. This work will be supervised by the lecturer. Once concluded, the students work will be posted on the subject¿s Internet page and some of them will be published in specialized journals (see the texts already published in the Revista Portuguesa de Ciência Criminal 12, 13, 14, and 20, and in the book Prova Criminal e Direito de Defesa, Almedina, Coimbra, 2010, 8th edition 2020).

Evaluation method

Mandatory written examination (3 hours) and classification of the research paper (50%, 50%, or the classification of the written examination if higher).

Subject matter

I.   Laws of Evidence: Gathering and Evaluating Evidence in Criminal Procedure.


II.  The Exclusionary Rules of Evidence in Criminal Procedure.


III. The Value of Forbidden Acts in Criminal Proceedings and the Due Process.