No Job Too Small: Justice Without Bargaining in the lower Criminal Courts

@inproceedings{Schulhofer1985NoJT,
  title={No Job Too Small: Justice Without Bargaining in the lower Criminal Courts},
  author={Stephen J. Schulhofer},
  year={1985}
}
Plea bargaining and other informal disposition devices dominate case processing in the lower criminal courts. Consistently, studies have found such courts characterized by assembly-line procedures, deemphasis or disregard of formal due process rights, and guilty plea rates approaching 100% of all convictions. Caseload pressures, tendencies toward cooperation among courtroom participants and, above all, process costs of litigation that greatly outweigh the stakes in minor cases are widely… CONTINUE READING