skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 169648 Find in a Library
Title: World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems: England and Wales
Author(s): C Phillips; G Cox; K Pease
Corporate Author: State University of New York at Albany
School of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
State University of New York at Albany
Albany, NY 12222
Grant Number: 90-BJ-CX-0002
Sale Source: State University of New York at Albany
School of Criminal Justice
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides information and statistics on England's and Wales' criminal justice system, including its police, courts, and corrections.
Abstract: England and Wales have an uncodified constitution. The British Constitution is a blend of statute law, precedent, and tradition dating back to the time of King Henry I. The Magna Carta (1215), the Bill of Rights (1688), and the Act of Settlement (1700) represent the three major statutes that define British legal and political history. The criminal justice system of England and Wales is the historical pioneer of the common law type of legal system. In England, courts expanded and the law evolved according to decisions made in individual cases. The late 19th and 20th centuries have seen an increase in the number and scope of statutes and of delegated legislation in British law. The legal system in England and Wales is adversarial in all courts, including the juvenile courts. The prosecution must disclose relevant information to the defense, but there is no corresponding duty by the defense. This report's section on crime discusses the classification of crime in England and Wales as well as crime statistics. A section on crime victims considers the groups most victimized by crime, victims' assistance agencies, the role of victims in prosecution and sentencing, and victims' rights legislation. A section on the police addresses its administration, technology, resources, training and qualification, police powers and use of discretion, suspects' rights, and accountability. Other sections of the report describe the prosecutorial and judicial process, the judicial system, penalties and sentencing, prisons, and extradition and treaties. 37 references
Main Term(s): Criminal justice statistics
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; England; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign courts; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign police; Foreign sentencing; International extradition; International inmate exchanges; Victims in foreign countries; Wales
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.