The Department of Criminal Law, Trial and Forensic Science was established in 2007. From 2003 to 2007, it was named the Department of Criminal Law.
There are 16 employees working at the department, including: 2 Doctors of Laws: specialty 12.00.09 - IV Glovyuk, OO Similar; 4 Candidates of Laws - OO Maved, AM Medentsev, NV Neledva, AM Pritula; senior lecturer OK Galitskaya; teacher I. L. Kalimbet; laboratory assistant GV Palamarchuk, postgraduate students - DA Belkovsky, LV Kushnir, AA Moroz, A. Pakhlevanzade, OV Sirotyuk, GV Solomin.
Most of the teaching and postgraduate staff of the department have considerable experience in law enforcement agencies: internal affairs bodies, security agencies, border guard service, prosecutor's office, advocacy.
From the moment of its formation, the department was headed at different times by: Associate Professor, Candidate of Science in Economics. A. S. Sainchin, Associate Professor, Doctor of Laws. Y. O. Gurji. As a head of formation and development of the department, a significant contribution was made by Doctor of Law, Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine Vasyl Bernaz.
Currently, the department is headed by Doctor of Laws, Professor Similar Alexander.
Since 2011, a postgraduate course in the specialties has been opened: «12.00.08. - criminal law and criminology; criminal law "," 12.00.09. - criminal proceedings and forensic science; forensic examination; operative-search activity », and since 2013 - doctoral degree in the specialty 12.00.09.
The department provides teaching of the following disciplines: "Criminal Law", "Criminology", "Criminal Enforcement Law", "Criminal Procedure", "Criminalistics", "Fundamentals of Operational Investigation Activity", "Forensic and Psychiatry", "Judicial and Law Enforcement" bodies of Ukraine "," Advocacy "and others.
Teachers of the department are constantly working on the development and improvement of educational programs, methods of lecturing, conducting practical classes. The training is organized according to the requirements of the Bologna process.
Having implemented the specialization “Criminal Justice”, the “Detective” circle is actively working, in which leading scientists, the most experienced teachers and law enforcement officers are engaged in students with such relevant areas as tactics of conducting investigative (investigative) actions, detecting traces of crime. and conducting forensic investigations, establishing criminals in the footprints, diagnosing lies in the process of communication, getting acquainted with the work of the polygraph, sports and practical shooting, visiting su meetings, penitentiary institutions, human anatomy museums, police history and more.
The team conducts an active research work within the framework of two scientific schools functioning at the department: "Actual problems of improving the procedural, criminalistic and operational-investigative foundations of criminal justice" (Professor OO Similar).
Annually, in the first decade of October, with the support of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, with the publication of the collection of materials the department conducts an international scientific-practical conference "Actual problems of criminal law, process and criminalistics", as well as in the third decade of March - an all-Ukrainian scientific conference , graduate students and young scientists.
A number of monographs and textbooks were published by the teaching staff: FV Shimanskyi “Corruption and shadowing of the economy (criminal law and criminological research)” (2004); Yu. A. Gurdji “Legal Protection of the Person in the Criminal Process: Issues of Theory and Methodology” (2007); FV Shimansky "Crimes in the Field of Service Activity and Features of Their Investigation" (2009); VD Bernaz, MV Saltevsky “Criminalistics” (2009); OO Similar to "Organizing Organized Crime Related to Kidnapping" (2009); MP Vod'ko, OO Similar "Criminal Law Regulation of Combating Organized Crime" (2010); Yu. A. Gurji “The Victim in the Criminal Procedure: Legal Means of Assuring Activity” (2010); AM Pritula (co-authored) "Environmental Crime" (2010); AM Pritula, EL Streltsov “Illegal transfer of persons across the state border of Ukraine: a crime” (2011); OO Similar “Operational-search activity of law enforcement agencies on combating self-serving and organized crime” (2012); AM Pritula, EL Streltsov “Smuggling: The Composition of Crime” (2012); OO Similar to "Fundamentals of Operational Investigation" (2015) and others.
The staff of the department made a number of scientific and practical comments on the legislation: the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine (VD Bernaz), the Law of Ukraine "On Operational Investigation Activity" (VD Bernaz, AM Pritula), the Law of Ukraine "On Police »(AM Pritula) and others.
By maintaining scientific links with academic and research institutions, teachers systematically participate in scientific and practical conferences, seminars and symposia on criminal, criminal law, criminology, criminal process, criminalistics, search and investigation activities.
The teaching staff reviews the monographs, prepares reviews for dissertations and abstracts, participates in the certification of scientific personnel within the framework of the work of specialized scientific councils and acts as an opponent. The results of the scientific research of the department are reflected in a series of scientific articles published in domestic and foreign publications and collections, recognized as professional in the legal disciplines, which are in the leading scientific libraries of Ukraine and foreign countries.
The activities of the Department of Criminal Law, Process and Criminalistics are aimed at training highly qualified lawyers who seek professional success, capable of thinking critically, making fair decisions in the interests of the individual and society, ensuring the rights and legitimate interests of participants in criminal proceedings.