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The Emergence of Public Prosecution in London, 1790-1850

  title={The Emergence of Public Prosecution in London, 1790-1850},
  author={Bruce P. Smith},
  journal={Yale journal of law and the humanities},
  • Bruce P. Smith
  • Published 2006
  • History, Law, Economics
  • Yale journal of law and the humanities
Historians of English criminal justice administration have long asserted that criminal prosecution in England before the second half of the nineteenth century was overwhelmingly "private" in nature.' Before the mid-nineteenth century, so the received wisdom goes, "prosecution was almost invariably the sole responsibility of the victim."2 As the subject's leading historian has observed, "the typical prosecution" in England in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century was "at the initiative of… 

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Beyond Cages



Private versus Public Enforcement of Fines

The present paper analyzes the competitive, monopolistic, and public enforcement of fines allowing for the costs of enforcement to differ by the choice of the enforcer. There are a number of reasons

Queen Square PO, 1828), POLICE GAZETTE


      In recent years, copies of the Police Gazette that survive in English and Australian archives for the periods 1797-1840 and 1848-50 have been made available on microfilm by

      • See supra text accompanying notes 96-101. The Police Gazette originated in "information sheets" published by Sir John Fielding in the I 770s
      • 1957

      LMA: MSJ/CC/I (1774-86). Norma Landau sensibly refers to the returns as being "suspiciously low


      Other law-and-economics studies that focus on "private" schemes of law enforcement, often with reference to the historical English case

      • IT MATTERS
      • 1974

      /MR41/115; Magistrates Minute Book

        Mapping the English Criminal Law: Blackstone and the Categories of English Jurisprudence


        The Power To Prosecute (pt. 1), 1955 CRIM. L. REV. 596, 596, 603. 151. Id. at603. 152. Langbein, supra note 38

          The Private Enforcement of Law, 4

          • J. LEGAL STUD
          • 1975