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Criminal Litigation

Fourth Edition

Edited by Maura Butler

06 October 2016

ISBN: 9780199678662

400 pages

In Stock

Law Society of Ireland Manuals

Price: £50.00

Accessible, practical and thorough. The only manuals designed specifically for the Law Society of Ireland's Professional Practice Course.



The manual covers each step of the criminal litigation process, from the initial investigation of a crime through to the conclusion of a case, looking at the practice and procedure in the District and Superior Courts from both a prosecution and defence perspective. It provides succinct, practical advice to trainee solicitors and practitioners.

  • Criminal Litigation offers a detailed, step-by-step overview of the criminal justice process, taking readers through the Irish criminal justice system in a sequential manner that reflects the journey of an accused person from arrest to case cessation
  • Written by authors from both prosecution and defence who daily find themselves at the coalface of criminal advocate practice, the manual focuses on the implementation of legislation and case law in a real world practitioner environment, helping students make the transition from theoretical criminal law to the realities of practice
  • The manual is a comprehensive reference guide for trainee solicitors and practitioners alike: it incorporates and normalises regulatory crime into general criminal litigation practice, extending its coverage to European perspectives, client care in the context of the management of a criminal practice, and solicitor advocate skills

New to this edition

  • Extensively revised existing chapters and a new chapter on victims' rights in Ireland, incorporating the Victims' Rights Directive
  • Covers recent changes with respect to advising advising clients in Garda custody, forensic and DNA evidence, bail application processes and suspended sentences

About the Author(s)

Edited by Maura Butler, Solicitor and Course Manager for Criminal Litigation, Criminal Advocacy and Corporate Crime, Law Society of Ireland

Maura Butler, BA (Legal Science), LLB, Dip EL, Dip Criminological Studies, MSc IT Education, qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and practised as a criminal defence advocate. She is the course manager for Criminal Litigation, Criminal Advocacy and Corporate Crime at the Law Society of Ireland.

Table of Contents

    Part I - Introduction and Universal Principles
    1:Introduction to criminal litigation practice and procedure
    2:Regulatory crime
    3:Developments in victims' rights in Ireland
    Part II - Investigation of Crime - Rights and Obligations
    4:The criminal investigation - prosecution perspectives
    5:The arrested person in custody - defence perspectives
    Part III - Process and Initial Applications
    6:Process and procedure in the commencement of proceedings
    8:Legal aid, adjournments and remands
    9:Juvenile justice
    Part IV - Applied Evidence and Trial Procedure
    10:Application of evidential rules
    11:Conduct of summary trials
    Part V - Trial Venue and Indictable Offences
    12:Reasons influencing choice of venue in the undertaking of criminal prosecutions
    13:Proceedings related to indictable offences
    Part VI - Sentencing, Road Traffic Offences, Appeals and Judicial Review
    15:Road traffic offences
    16:Appeals and judicial review
    Part VII - European Court of Human Rights and European Arrest Warrant
    17:The impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on Irish criminal litigation practice
    18:The European Arrest Warrant
    Part VIII - Practice Skills and Management
    19:The skills of the criminal advocate
    20:Managing a criminal litigation practice

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