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NCJ Number: 162982 Find in a Library
Title: Crime in Australia -- Change and Continuity
Journal: Criminology Australia  Volume:7  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:19-26
Author(s): M D Kirby
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 8
Type: Conference Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: A noted member of Australia's judiciary addressed the first National Symposium of Crime convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology and focused on crime trends, changes in trial procedures, and criminal justice system reform.
Abstract: In his address, he noted projects initiated by the Australian Law Reform Commission concerning complaints against police and criminal investigations. He also emphasized the need to balance individual rights and civil liberties on the one hand and the community's need for practical and effective law enforcement on the other. In addition, he discussed changes in the scope and definition of crime, particularly with respect to drug law reform, changing social values, and the appropriate function of criminal law in protecting the public. The address considered the accusatory trial system, focusing on the debate about the nature and purpose of criminal trials, criminal procedures, evidence admissibility, drug law enforcement, public confidence in the legal system, and criminal justice system reform. 5 references
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Australia; Complaints against police; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Crime in foreign countries; Criminal investigation; Criminal justice system reform; Criminal procedures; Drug law enforcement; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign police; Rules of evidence
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