Lengthy criminal trials have become a major concern in Australia. With the cost of criminal proceedings estimated at $20, 000 per day, practitioners and policy-makers are keen to find ways of improving the efficiency of criminal trials. This book describes the results of a national survey of long criminal trials in Australia. Such a survey has never been attempted in the past. Using statistical as well as interview data, the authors provide a detailed analysis of the characteristics of lengthy trials and identify the factors most significantly associated with trial duration. The findings are both useful and thought-provoking. This book makes an important contribution to the policy debate on lengthy criminal trials.Chapter One LENGTHY TRIALS: A NATIONAL SURVEY Problems of Lengthy Trials On 13 April 1987 Paul William Higgins, a suspended police officer in Victoria, was ... The Crown called a total of 125 Crown witnesses over more than 200 court sitting days; 29 of these witnesses were ... The jury retired on 15 March 1993 and Higgins was found guilty of four counts of conspiracy to obstruct the course ofanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Price of Justice?|
|Author||:||Janet B. L. Chan, Lynne Barnes|
|Publisher||:||Hawkins Press - 1995-01-01|