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The Official History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales
Volume II: Institution-Building




ISBN 9781138601659
Published April 29, 2019 by Routledge
556 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

 
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Volume II of The Official History of Criminal Justice in England and Wales traces, for the first time, the genesis and early evolution of two principal institutions in the criminal justice system, the Crown Court and the Crown Prosecution Service.

This volume examines the origins and shaping of two critical institutions: the Crown Court, which rose from the ashes of the Courts of Assize and Quarter Sessions; and the Crown Prosecution Service which replaced a rather haphazard system of police prosecuting solicitors. The 1971 Courts Act and the 1985 Prosecution of Offences Act were to reconfigure the architecture of criminal justice, transforming the procedures by which people were charged, prosecuted and, in the weightier cases demanding a judge and jury, tried in the criminal courts of England and Wales. One stemmed from a crisis in a medieval system of travelling justices that tried people in the wrong places and for inadequate lengths of time. The other was precipitated by a scandal in which three men were wrongly convicted for the murder of a bisexual prostitute. Theirs is an as yet untold history that can be explored in depth because it is recent enough, in the words of Harold Wilson, to have been ‘written while the official records could still be supplemented by reference to the personal recollections of the public men who were involved’.

This book will be of much interest to students of criminology and British history, politics and law.

Table of Contents

1. Institution-Building: The Courts Act 1971, c23 and the founding of the Crown Court: I

2. Institution-Building: The Courts Act 1971, c23 and the founding of the Crown Court: II

3. Institution-Building: The Courts Act 1971, c23 and the founding of the Crown Court: III

4. Institution-Building: The Courts Act 1971, c23 and the founding of the Crown Court: IV

5. Institution-Building: An Independent Prosecution Service - The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, c. 23: I Preamble

6. Institution-Building: An Independent Prosecution Service - The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, c. 23: II The Death of Maxwell Confait

7. Institution-Building: An Independent Prosecution Service - The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, c. 23: III Inquiries

8. Institution-Building: An Independent Prosecution Service - The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, c. 23: IV Legislation

9. Institution-Building: An Independent Prosecution Service - The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, c. 23: V Implementation

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Biography

Paul Rock is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. His published work has focused chiefly on the evolution of criminal justice policies in Canada and England and Wales, particularly for victims of crime, and on developments in criminological theory.