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NCJ Number: 118294 Find in a Library
Title: Non-Statutory Discovery and Preparation in Criminal Defense Cases
Journal: Case and Comment  Volume:94  Issue:3  Dated:(May-June 1989)  Pages:32-41
Author(s): D Skeen
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Defense attorneys should adopt a well-planned and structured case discovery and preparation plan for each criminal case.
Abstract: Following the development of a theory of defense for the case, an investigation plan should be composed and implemented. Components of such a plan are an initial evaluation of the facts and issues of the case, the elements of proof the prosecution needs to prove the case, sources and location of information, resources and methods for the investigation, evaluation and preparation of evidence for presentation, and the management of the investigation and allocation of available resources. This article focuses on general aspects of the investigation and information acquisition. After listing the basic skills needed to investigate a criminal case, the article suggests nonstatutory sources of information and outlines a "systematic approach" to be used in every case. Such an approach asks questions related to who, what, where, when, how, why, with what, with whom, and how much. A discussion of other sources of information focuses on statutes, police documentary and physical evidence reports, identification, and scientific or forensic evidence. Other topics considered are the evaluation of victims and witnesses, preparation for trial, and plea negotiations. Appended detailed information.
Main Term(s): Defense preparation
Index Term(s): Defense counsel effectiveness; Investigative techniques; Pretrial discovery
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