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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Criminal Judges: Legitimacy, Courts and State-Induced Guilty Pleas in Britain

ISBN13: 9781782548911
Published: June 2014
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

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This provocative and powerful book provides a critical review of Britain's criminal justice process through its practices, culture and traditions, revealing a landscape in ruins under the dominance of State-induced Guilty Pleas.

Against a backdrop of a dysfunctional criminal justice system, the authors bring an avalanche of legal and empirical material to question the legitimacy of the relationship between judges, lawyers, politicians and defendants in modern Britain.

Examining existing legal structures and court practices through the lens of what used to be called 'plea bargaining' the authors provide a graphic picture of why case disposals through enforced guilty pleas promote injustice, feed discrimination and skew the judicial function.

This is the most comprehensive examination to date of case disposition methods in England, Wales and Scotland., underpinned by a new socio-legal theory on the criminal process. Criminal Judges is sure to provoke debate on the forces which drive the criminal justice process and will therefore be of great interest to all those concerned about the future of criminal justice policies and practices.

Criminal Law, Trials
1. Criminal Justice: System, Process and Legitimacy
2. Helping the Police with their Inquiries
3. State-Induced Guilty Pleas and Legitimacy
4. Lowering the Bar
5. Institutional Distress: the State
6. Institutional Distress: the Defence
7. Scotland: Coercion and Discourse
8. Conclusion