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Title: COURTS - REPORT OF THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMISSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE STANDARDS AND GOALS, 1973
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: National Advisory Cmssn on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 379
Sponsoring Agency: National Advisory Cmssn on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals
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National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
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Annotation: PROPOSALS FOR THE RESTRUCTURING AND STREAMLINING OF THE PROCESSING OF CRIMINAL CASES AT STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS.
Abstract: A MAJOR RESTRUCTURING AND STREAMLINING OF PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES IN PROCESSING CRIMINAL CASES AT STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS IS PROPOSED BY THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMISSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE STANDARDS AND GOALS. THE PROPOSALS OF THE COMMISSION APPEAR IN THE FORM OF SPECIFIC STANDARDS AND RECOMMENDATIONS--ALMOST 100 IN ALL--THAT SPELL OUT IN DETAIL WHERE, WHY, HOW, AND WHAT IMPROVEMENTS CAN AND SHOULD BE MADE IN THE JUDICIAL SEGMENT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. THE REPORT ON COURTS IS A REFERENCE WORK FOR THE PRACTITIONER--JUDGE, COURT ADMINISTRATOR, PROSECUTOR, OR DEFENDER--AS WELL AS THE INTERESTED LAYMAN. THE COMMISSION ARGUES THAT THE PROBLEMS WHICH KEEP THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM FROM PERFORMING ITS FUNCTIONS ARE INCONSISTENCY IN THE PROCESSING OF CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS, UNCERTAINTY CONCERNING RESULTS OBTAINED, UNACCEPTABLE DELAYS, AND ALIENATION OF THE COMMUNITY. IN COMPOSING SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE COURT SYSTEM, THE COMMISSION'S FIRST PRIORITY IS TO DEVISE STANDARDS FOR ATTAINING SPEED AND EFFICIENCY IN THE PRETRIAL AND TRIAL PROCESSES AND PROMPT FINALITY IN APPELLATE PROCEEDINGS. THE SECOND PRIORITY IS THE UPGRADING OF DEFENSE AND PROSECUTION FUNCTIONS AND THE THIRD PRIORITY IS THE ASSURANCE OF A HIGH QUALITY IN THE JUDICIARY. TO EXPEDITE PRETRIAL PROCEDURES THE PROSECUTOR SHOULD SCREEN ALL CRIMINAL CASES COMING BEFORE HIM AND DIVERT FROM THE SYSTEM ALL CASES WHEREIN FURTHER PROCESSING BY THE PROSECUTOR IS NOT APPROPRIATE. AMONG COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS ARE - ELIMINATION OF ALL BUT THE INVESTIGATIVE FUNCTION OF THE GRAND JURY, ELIMINATION OF FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT, UNIFICATION OF ALL COURTS WITHIN EACH STATE, AND THE UPGRADING OF CRIMINAL COURT PERSONNEL.
Index Term(s): Court delays; Defense counsel; Defense services; Family courts; Judge selection; Judicial conduct and ethics; Judicial diversion; Judicial process; Judicial review; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile court intake; Juvenile court procedures; Prosecution
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