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NCJ Number: 148405 Find in a Library
Journal: Home Office Research and Statistics Department Research Bulletin  Issue:35  Dated:special issue (Winter 1994)  Pages:complete issue
Editor(s): C Byron
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 83
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The Royal Commission on Criminal Justice was created to examine the effectiveness of the British criminal justice system in securing the conviction of guilty defendants and the acquittal of innocent ones, taking into consideration the efficient use of available resources as well.
Abstract: The 22 studies undertaken by the Royal Commission are summarized here. Two papers are concerned with pretrial procedures in France and Germany, while another study provides comprehensive information on over 3,000 Crown Court cases dealt with over a 2-week period. One review deals with the position of ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system, while another spans a range of issues associated with pre- trial procedures and review of the evidence. Over half the studies are concerned with the degree of control that is exercised by police officers over criminal investigations. Other themes of the research include the quality of legal advice to suspects, prosecutorial arrangements for judging the merit of cases, and expert and forensic evidence. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Grants or contracts
Index Term(s): Corrections; Courts; Criminal justice research; Criminal justice system effectiveness; Criminology; Foreign criminal justice systems; Great Britain/United Kingdom
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