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NCJ Number: 72149 Find in a Library
Title: Integrated Legal Model - A Theoretical Basis for Reform of Criminal Justice in Africa
Author(s): J S E Opolot
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 306
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A theoretical basis for the reform of criminal justice in Africa is presented in this dissertation.
Abstract: The proposed integrated legal model refers to an amalgam of viable elements from indigenous legal systems, colonial legal systems, and other practices, feelings, and mores of the State and of local communities. Uganda serves as an example for analysis. Of primary interest are the legal and administrative aspects of criminal justice systems, which are examined according to five criteria: rationale of the law, criteria for the definition of crime, means of ferreting out illegality and bringing actions in court, judicial decisionmaking, and the administration of sanctions. Points of convergence and divergence are noted as sources of problems and as bases for developing a more promising and relevant legal system. The development of an integrated approach to criminal justice is exemplified in the construction of an integrated correctional model. Individual chapters focus on the conceptual and methodological framework, a literature review, the Ugandan situation, indigenous legal systems, the proposed integrated legal model, implications, and colonial legal systems. Data tables and a bibliography of about 135 references are included.
Index Term(s): Africa; Correctional reform; Law reform; Models; Sentencing reform; Uganda
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