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British criminal justice is a principal legacy of Empire in the common law world. It attempts fairness between prosecutors and accused in an accusatory system for establishing criminal responsibility supervised by a judge who is conspicuously detached from the fray. Fundamental features, today recognised as human rights, include the presumption of innocence and onus of proof, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the right to legal advice and representation. In these lectures, Dame Sian Elias examines modern challenges to this conception of criminal justice prompted by anxiety about crime and the costs and delays in proof of guilt. They include enlarged prosecutorial discretion in charging, incentivisation of early guilty pleas, adoption of reverse onuses of proof, application to criminal proceedings of principles of modern civil case management, and measures to bring the victim into the criminal justice system. The lectures question whether this repositioning risks the integrity of the system.Read more
- This volume is based on the prestigious Hamlyn Lectures
- The book is written by one of the Commonwealth's leading judges
- Makes an important contribution to current thinking on how criminal justice should be developed in response to the challenges of the twenty-first century
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- Date Published: October 2018
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108474351
- length: 184 pages
- dimensions: 223 x 144 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. 'Fair and just?'
2. Righting criminal justice
3. 'The most important of all judicial functions'.
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