The Price of Justice?

The Price of Justice?

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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


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