Criminal Justice provides a comprehensive overview of the criminal justice system in England and Wales (excluding punishment), as well as thought-provoking insights into how it might be altered and improved and research that might be needed to help accomplish this. Tracing the procedures surrounding the appre-hension, investigation, trial and appeal against conviction of suspected offenders, this book is the ideal com-panion for law and criminology students alike. As the authors combine the relevant legislation with fresh research findings and policy initiatives, the resulting text is a fascinating blend of socio-legal analysis. Whilst retaining its authoritative treatment of the issues at the heart of criminal justice, the book has been fully updated with recent developments, including terrorism legislation and the initial Covid-related restrictions introduced in early-mid 2020. In this, the book’s 5th edition: two experienced new co-authors, Dr Layla Skinns and Dr Lucy Welsh, join Andrew Sanders (Richard Young having decided, 25+ years after the 1st edition, to do other things); the text features chapter summaries and selected further reading lists to support the student and encourage further research; the content of the book has been fully updated to include coverage of new legislation, case law, research and policy developments; and the text is enriched by the new authors’ specialist research into accountability, police custody, magistrates’ courts and criminal legal aid. The theoretical structure of the earlier editions is retained, but developed further by consideration of ‘core values’ in criminal justice and the impact of neoliberalism.
Keywords:criminal justice system, suspected offenders, terrorism, legislation, case law, policy, criminal justice core values, neoliberalism
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- 1. The aims and values of ‘criminal justice’
- 2. Stop and search
- 3. Arrest
- 4. Detention in the police station
- 5. Police questioning of suspects
- 6. Non-interrogatory evidence and covert policing
- 7. Prosecutions and constructing guilt
- 8. Summary justice in the magistrates’ court
- 9. Trial by judge and jury
- 10. Inequalities and criminal justice
- 11. When things go wrong in the criminal justice process
- 12. Victims, the accused and the future of criminal justice