Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 July 2008

576 Pages


ISBN: 9780199296538

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This text is published by OUP Higher Education Division

Text and Materials on the Criminal Justice Process

Fourth Edition

Nicola Padfield

  • Ready access to a particularly wide range of sources provides the student with a complete package, enabling them to gain a sophisticated understanding of the criminal justice process
  • A clear distinction is made between author analysis and original sources, allowing students to approach materials critically themselves and develop their analytical skills
  • Includes broader coverage than most criminal justice texts (for example discussing parole and prison issues), providing a rounded picture of the criminal justice system as well as forming an excellent reference source for dissertations
  • Authoritative commentary combining theory, law, and practice promotes a critical approach, encouraging students to engage in informed debate in this controversial area

New to this Edition:

  • Whilst keeping the 'materials' clearly separate, the author's own commentary has been expanded
  • Covers the broadening of police powers in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
  • Focuses on the continuing debate over the constitutional status and organisational structures of police forces
  • Discusses the impact of the re-involvement of the Crown Prosecution Service in charging decisions
  • Considers the changing role of the magistrates' court and jury since the enactment of the CJA 2003
  • Examines the impact of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2005
  • Reviews the effects of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights and other extra-national bodies on criminal justice
  • Takes stock of the increasing complexity of sentencing law
  • Includes the role of prisons, probation, and the National Offender Management Service in the enforcement of sentences

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