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Fairness in Criminal Justice
Golden Threads and Pragmatic Patches

Part of The Hamlyn Lectures

  • Author: Sian Elias, The Supreme Court of New Zealand
  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108463157

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  • British criminal justice is a principal legacy of Empire in the common law world. It attempts fairness between prosecutors and accused in an accusatory system for establishing criminal responsibility supervised by a judge who is conspicuously detached from the fray. Fundamental features, today recognised as human rights, include the presumption of innocence and onus of proof, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the right to legal advice and representation. In these lectures, Dame Sian Elias examines modern challenges to this conception of criminal justice prompted by anxiety about crime and the costs and delays in proof of guilt. They include enlarged prosecutorial discretion in charging, incentivisation of early guilty pleas, adoption of reverse onuses of proof, application to criminal proceedings of principles of modern civil case management, and measures to bring the victim into the criminal justice system. The lectures question whether this repositioning risks the integrity of the system.

    • This volume is based on the prestigious Hamlyn Lectures
    • The book is written by one of the Commonwealth's leading judges
    • Makes an important contribution to current thinking on how criminal justice should be developed in response to the challenges of the twenty-first century
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    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108463157
    • length: 184 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.24kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Fair and just?'
    2. Righting criminal justice
    3. 'The most important of all judicial functions'.

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    Sian Elias, The Supreme Court of New Zealand
    Sian Elias has been Chief Justice of New Zealand since 1999. Educated in New Zealand and the United States, she has practised law since 1972. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1988 and has held the position of Law Commissioner. She was appointed a High Court Judge in 1995 and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999. Dame Sian became a member of the New Zealand Supreme Court on its establishment in 2004.

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