Plea Bargainings: Ethics and Politics

  title={Plea Bargainings: Ethics and Politics},
  author={Mike McConville},
  journal={Criminal Procedure eJournal},
  • M. McConville
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • Sociology
  • Criminal Procedure eJournal
This article argues for a re-orientation of the debates concerning plea bargaining in the light of a process of re-legitimation currently under way in which professional codes of ethics are given new importance. In the new rhetoric, plea bargaining is claimed to be in line with rather than contrary to traditional adversarial principles. The focus of this paper is to argue for a re-affirmation of deep-seated principles which contextualize professional ethics in the wider domain of the politics… 
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Blackstone's Guide to the Criminal Procedure & Investigations Act
  • 1996
For the official background, see the government's consultation document
  • Mode of Trial
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See ss. 34-7 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act
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See, also, the excellent analysis in A. Sheshkin
  • Trial Courts on Trial: Examining Dominant Assumptions' in Courts and Judges
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49, amending the Magistrates' Court Act 1980. See N. Padfield, 'Plea Before Venue
  • New Law J
It is ironic that the vaunted costs incurred by late changes of plea appear to be far less than often supposed
Restriction Without Conviction' in Fine and Millar, id
There is clear evidence that bargaining for pleas was widely practised and only became problematic when it came into the public domain with attendant adverse publicity
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