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NCJ Number: 137114 Find in a Library
Title: Delays in the Criminal Justice System
Corporate Author: Problems
Council of Europe
European Committee on Crime
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 126
Publication Number: ISBN 92-871-1846-9
Sale Source: Council of Europe Publications
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Germany (Unified)
Annotation: Reports are presented from the Ninth Criminological Colloquium of the Council of Europe regarding assessment, causes, and solutions to problems of delay in the criminal justice systems.
Abstract: In order to examine the extent of the problems, case processing of adults in criminal justice systems in European countries is examined from a methodological perspective. Particular focus is given to France, Italy, England, Wales, and the Netherlands and to the subcategories of case processing of prosecution and investigation procedures, remand in custody, length of trial phase, and length of the whole process. Detection and analysis of causes of delay is calculated per type of intervention inclusive of all separate parts of the criminal justice system they have to pass through as well as the four, sub-categories of case processing. Suggestions are presented for reducing delays caused by individual agencies and delays caused by interactions between agencies during the prosecution process, pretrial, court user groups, and pretrial reviews. Additional sources of delays can result from the defense, after sentencing, from fine enforcement, and imprisonment. Because of major differences among procedures with which offenders are dealt with in the different countries, the most useful ideas will be specifically directed for reasons of long processing times in that particular country. 81 references, 9 tables, and 6 charts
Main Term(s): Case processing; Foreign criminal justice systems
Index Term(s): Country-by-country surveys; Court delays; Western Europe
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