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NCJ Number: 81520 Find in a Library
Title: Practical Police Prosecuting - A Guide for Police Officers Appearing as Advocates
Author(s): J R Finch
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 68
Sponsoring Agency: Police Review Publishing Co
London, WC1V 7HU, England
Sale Source: Police Review Publishing Co
Publications Coordinator
Celcon House
5th Floor
289-293 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7HU,
United Kingdom
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This handbook provides practical guidance for British police prosecutors in the preparation and trying of a case.
Abstract: Basic books and resources deemed most helpful for police prosecutors are listed and briefly described, and steps in the preparation of cases are outlined. Basic legal and procedural issues likely to be involved in the trial of a case in the magistrates' court are discussed, including the role of court personnel, jurisdiction, time limits, joining offenses and offenders, offering no evidence and withdrawals, selection of procedure, pleading guilty by letter, and issuing warrants. Issues involved in remands and bail applications are considered, followed by a discussion of juvenile court processing and the licensing offenses. The section of the handbook deemed most important covers various 'pitfalls and snags' likely to be encountered in prosecuting a case. Among the matters considered are problems of evidence, referring to notes, the defendant's character, competence of spouses as witnesses, claims of right, statutory declarations, and duplicity. Fundamental aspects of civil proceedings are explained, and committals for trial and appeals are discussed in the concluding chapter.
Index Term(s): Appeal procedures; Bail hearing; Civil proceedings; England; Judicial process; Juvenile court procedures; Procedure manuals; Prosecution by police
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