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September 21 , 2008

The Criminal Justice System: An Introduction


A comprehensive and accessible overview of the Criminal Justice System, its framework, institutions, practitioners and working methods that will be of interest to any reader seeking an up-to-date description of this important and historic sphere of public life. An informative, practical handbook that describes the wide-ranging developments and changes that have taken place in relation to crime prevention, public safety and the punishment of offenders.Highly acclaimed since first published in 1995, this new extensively updated edition covers the entire spectrum of the criminal process against a backdrop of the Common Law, legislation and human rights from investigation and arrest to trial, sentence, release from prison and parole, as well as such key reforms as the Ministry of Justice and new-style Home Office:Investigation, arrest and chargeThe police and policingThe Crown Prosecution ServiceThe courts of lawTrial and sentenceAppeal and reviewDue processJudges and magistratesLaw officersThe Criminal Defence ServiceAdvocates and legal representationVictims and witnessesInterpretersThe Youth Justice SystemThe National Offender Management ServiceThe Probation ServiceHM Prison ServiceImprisonment and paroleIndependent Monitoring BoardThe private sectorThe voluntary sectorStrategyCriminal policyCabinet committeesPartnership and working togetherCommunity justiceRestorative justiceConstitutional affairs and human rightsAccountability, oversight, inspection and monitoringGuidelines, codes, protocols and Best Practice With a Glossary of Words, Phrases, Acronyms and Abbreviations.A closely observed analysis of the twenty-first century Criminal Justice System which can be read on its own or in conjunction with the 'top-down' descriptions in The New Ministry of Justice and The New Home Office. Bryan Gibson is a barrister-at-law and editor-in-chief, Waterside Press. Paul Cavadino is chief executive of Nacro.
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