Lengthy criminal trials have become a major concern in Australia. With the cost of criminal proceedings estimated at $20,000 per day, practitioners and policy-makers are keen to find ways of improving the efficiency of criminal trials.
This book describes the results of a national survey of long criminal trials in Australia. Such a survey has never been attempted in the past. Using statistical as well as interview data, the authors provide a detailed analysis of the characteristics of lengthy trials and identify the factors most significantly associated with trial duration. The findings are both useful and thought-provoking. This book makes an important contribution to the policy debate on lengthy criminal trials.
Table of Contents
Lengthy Trials: A National Survey
Problems of Lengthy Trials/ Research Questions and Methods/ Summary
Profile of Lengthy Trials
Length of Criminal Trials/ Jurisdictional Norms/ Case Characteristics/ Use of Court and Professional Resources/ Procedural Matters/ Summary
Factors Associated with Lengthy Trials
Causes of Long Trials/ Case Characteristics/ Use of Court and Professional Resources/ Procedural Matters/ Combination of Factors/ Summary
Causes of Long Trials: Views of Practitioners
Views of Lawyers/ Views of Judges/ Longest Five Trials/ Summary
Conclusion: Reform Options
Options for Change/ The State of Reform/ Conclusion