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NCJ Number: 158055 Find in a Library
Title: Reliable Evidence, Fairly Obtained (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 268-278, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): P Sieghart
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 11
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: England's Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984 is analyzed in terms of fairly obtaining reliable evidence in police criminal investigations and sanctions against the abuse of police powers.
Abstract: The principal concern of the author is police compliance with provisions of the act. He discusses citizen complaints against the police, the importance of positive police-community relations, sanctions to ensure police compliance with the act, the exclusionary rule, search warrants, judicial discretion, and evidence admissibility in courts. The author notes that courts may refuse to allow evidence on which the prosecution proposes to rely if it appears that circumstances in which the evidence was obtained would have an adverse effect on fairness of the proceedings. Finally, the author discusses the legislative process involved in developing and implementing the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Complaints against police; Court procedures; Criminal investigation; England; Exclusionary rule; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign judicial systems; Judicial discretion; Police community relations; Police discipline; Police effectiveness; Police misconduct; Police policies and procedures; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Public Opinion of the Police; Search warrants
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