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(p. 267) 9. Pre-trial issues: disclosure and abuse of process 

(p. 267) 9. Pre-trial issues: disclosure and abuse of process
(p. 267) 9. Pre-trial issues: disclosure and abuse of process

Liz Campbell

, Andrew Ashworth

, and Mike Redmayne

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date: 20 June 2021

This chapter reviews various procedural mechanisms to ensure that the eventual trial runs smoothly and fairly. In terms of facilitating the smooth running of the trial, it concentrates on ways of screening cases and clarifying some of the issues prior to trial. The disclosure of evidence is a fraught matter in this regard, with an impact on fairness as well as efficiency. In terms of ensuring that the defendant is not subjected to an unfair trial, it examines some question that arise under the broad heading of abuse of process, concentrating on issues of delay and the entrapment doctrine.

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