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NCJ Number: 47705 Find in a Library
Title: CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN THE COURTS TODAY (FROM READINGS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 1978-1979 - ANNUAL EDITIONS, BY DONAL E J MACNAMARA - SEE NCJ-47702)
Author(s): T C CLARK
Corporate Author: Dushkin/McGraw Hill Publishing Group, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Dushkin/McGraw Hill Publishing Group, Inc
Guilford, CT 06437
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A JUSTICE OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DISCUSSES IMPROVEMENTS IN AND MODERNIZATIONS OF CRIMINAL COURTS IN THE UNITED STATES.
Abstract: THE DISCUSSION TOUCHES ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA) STANDARDS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE CLIMATE THAT LED TO FORMULATION OF THE STANDARDS, THE SPEEDY TRIAL ACT OF 1974 AND ITS LIKELY IMPACT ON THE CRIMINAL COURTS, AND APPROACHES TO IMPROVING ADVOCACY IN THE CRIMINAL COURTS. IT IS POINTED OUT THAT THE ABA STANDARDS ARE NOT A FIXED SET OF RULES TO BE FORCED ON THE STATES, BUT RATHER GUIDELINES FOR MODERNIZING OUTDATED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS. THE BASIC PROVISIONS OF THE SPEEDY TRIAL ACT ARE REVIEWED, AND THE STATUTE'S POTENTIAL FOR FACILITATING GREATER USE OF SUCH PROCEDURAL TECHNIQUES AS THE OMNIBUS HEARING FOR PRETRIAL MOTIONS IS DISCUSSED. THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AUTOMATED LEGAL AND MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO THE ABILITY OF COURTS TO COMPLY WITH SPEEDY TRIAL PROVISIONS ARE NOTED, AS IS THE NEED FOR CONGRESS TO COMMIT ADEQUATE RESOURCES TO ENFORCE THE STATUTE. THE PROBLEM OF INADEQUATE ADVOCACY IN CRIMINAL CASES IS POINTED OUT AND LINKED TO CERTAIN ASPECTS OF LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION (E.G., LACK OF OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP TRIAL AND APPELLATE ADVOCACY SKILLS). GREATER USE OF CLINICAL COURSES IN LAW SCHOOLS IS URGED. A LIST OF REFERENCES IS INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): American Bar Association (ABA); Attorneys; Court standards; Standards
Note: REPRINTED FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE REVIEW (SPRING 1976)
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