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Criminal justice in Australia

Author: Peter Sallmann; John Willis
Publisher: Melbourne ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1984.
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Sallmann, Peter, 1949-
Criminal justice in Australia.
Melbourne ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1984
(OCoLC)763143089
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Sallmann; John Willis
ISBN: 0195544595 9780195544596 0195544587 9780195544589
OCLC Number: 13524949
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xi, 240 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: INTRODUCTION --
Principles and policies for Australian criminal justice --
(a) The need for principles and policies --
(b) The lack of principles and policies --
(c) The policy options --
Assessing the criminal justice process --
The federal structure of Australian criminal justice --
1. CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION --
Introduction --
The strategic significance of criminal investigation --
The decade of inquiries --
The need for reform --
The need for principles --
(a) The lack of a theoretical base --
(b) The failure to get behind conventional rhetoric --
(c) Getting to the core of the debate --
(i) The right to silence --
(ii) Monitoring and opening-up criminal investigation --
Barriers to reform --
(a) The lack of an adequate blueprint for reform --
(b) The legacy of neglect --
(c) The polarized nature of the debate --
Conclusion. --
2. PRE-TRIAL DECISION MAKING --
Introduction --
Prosecutorial discretion and decision-making --
(a) Preliminary --
(b) The structure of prosecutorial decision-making --
(c) Analysing prosecutorial decision-making --
(i) Fairness --
(ii) Openness and accountability --
(iii) Efficiency --
Police as prosecutors --
Plea bargaining --
Pre-trial discovery --
3. THE COURT HEARING --
Introduction --
Reducing the workload of the courts --
The higher courts --
(a) An initial perspective --
(b) The police and the jury trial --
The jury --
(a) Can the jury do its job? --
(b) Limiting the role of the jury --
The laws of evidence --
(a) The role of the judiciary and the legal profession --
(b) Confessions --
The judge --
Long trials --
The lower courts --
Legal aid --
Summary. 4. SENTENCING --
Introduction --
The need for coherent policies --
The search for philosophies and policies --
(a) Community attitudes towards sentencing --
(b) The ebb and flow of penal thinking --
Judicial officers as sentencers --
(a) Preliminary --
(b) Openness and accountability --
(c) Training for sentencer --
(d) Criminology and the courts --
The sentencing process --
The sentencing smorgasbord and sentencing effectiveness --
What is to be done? --
5. the need for a national inquiry --
Introduction --
The Australian context : pragmatism without principle --
The need for a proper appraisal.
Responsibility: Peter Sallmann and John Willis.

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