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NCJ Number: 158047 Find in a Library
Title: Prosecution and Criminal Justice (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 193-195, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): C Bourn
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Pergamon Press Limited
Oxford, OX3 0BW, England
Sale Source: Pergamon Press Limited
Headington Hill Hall
Oxford, OX3 0BW,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Changes have been made to prosecution and trial procedures in England, in response to recommendations of the Philips Commission and the Eleventh Report of the Criminal Law Revision Committee; the Prosecution of Offences Act of 1985 creates a national prosecution service independent of the police, while the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 modifies certain important rules of evidence.
Abstract: Arguments for an independent prosecution service were accepted by the Philips Commission. This commission recommended a local prosecution system working within national guidelines, although the Prosecution of Offences Act created a national system under the control of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Arguments in favor of a local scheme include the view that it would facilitate coordination with local police forces. Concerns with the national prosecution system focus on the relation between prosecutors and defense attorneys and how DPP guidelines on prosecutorial discretion are exercised in practice. Evidence provisions in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act are based on recommendations in the Eleventh Report of the Criminal Law Revision Committee. The act covers the admissibility of documentary evidence, computer records, proof of previous convictions and acquittals, confessions, and the exclusion of unfair evidence.
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Court procedures; Court structure; England; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign laws; Foreign police; Local criminal justice systems; Police policies and procedures; Police prosecutor relations; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Prosecution; Prosecution by police; Rules of evidence; Trial procedures; World criminology
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