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Wheeler, Caleb ORCID: 2023. Trials. Caeiro, Pedro, Costa, Miguel João, De Snaijer, Janneke and Theodorakakou, Georgia, eds. Elgar Encyclopedia of Crime and Criminal Justice, Edward Elgar,

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For millennia, human beings have been settling their disputes through trials. Trials have gone through many iterations during that time, but at their heart the goal remained the same. Criminal trials are meant to provide the opportunity for a fair hearing of the evidence followed by a determination of whether that evidence is sufficient to support a finding that the accused is guilty of the crimes alleged. This chapter explores the development of the procedures used during criminal trials to allow the court to reach a verdict. It does this by tracing the historical development of trials and identifying the underlying philosophies that support different trial practices. It also looks at the ways in which criminal trials are evolving so that they continue to remain fit for purpose. The chapter demonstrates that trials, as a concept, have remained remarkably resilient and that they will continue to change and adapt well into the future.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Edward Elgar
ISBN: 9781789902983
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 14:52

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