Criminal Justice

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Law - 734 pages
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This book offers a clear explanation and critical analysis of the criminal justice system and of all the major stages of an investigation including both pre-trial and trial processes. The authors discuss the principles and theories behind how the criminal justice system operates, and tacklethe controversial issues that continue to permeate the subject, including: policing and police powers, the prosecution process, the rights of suspects and victims, court processes, and appeals against conviction. Whilst no system can ever be perfect, the authors carefully consider each element ofit, and then pose the important question: why do miscarriages of justice occur? Now in its third edition, this book has been thoroughly revised and updated to take into account recent developments in the criminal justice system. Each chapter incorporates a unique combination of traditional legal material, empirical research findings, and socio-legal analysis, making this booksuitable for students of law, criminology, and social science.

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Andrew Sanders taught at Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford and Bristol, before taking up his current post in August 2000. Since September 2004 he has been Head of the School of Law. His main teaching and research interests are in criminal law, criminology and criminal justice. Mostof his research is socio-legal in nature, and has covered aspects of court processes, prosecutions, police powers, and the involvement of victims in the criminal justice system. Richard Young is Professor of Law and Policy Research, at the School of Law, University of Bristol. He was previouslyAssistant Director at the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Oxford. Since 1997 he was involved in a series of research projects in the field of restorative justice. In February 2004 he began supervising a project examining the formation of popular conceptions of crime and criminals.He also supervised a project examining legal aid decision-making in the magistrates' courts. Prior to that he was Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham.

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