In 1946, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure were implemented to simplify and streamline the federal criminal justice process. At the time, these rules were praised by the legal community for both their simplicity and practicality. With only 60 (expanded to 61 in 2008) rules, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure provide a single set of procedures to be used in all aspects of the federal criminal justice process, from initiation of charges through appeal.


American legal procedure began with little legislative interference. However, as American ...

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