This practical guide introduces students to the basic principles of the law, enabling a comprehensive understanding of criminology and criminal justice. Law for Criminologists enthuses both students and teachers about the law while giving sound advice on how to achieve a thorough comprehension of the topic. The book strikes a much-needed balance between essential law for criminologists and commentary on current legal issues.

The Criminal Process
The criminal process
Overview

Chapter 6 examines:

  • The functions and powers of the police under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE)
  • The work of the Scottish police force
  • From the RUC to the Northern Irish Police Force
  • The charging responsibilities of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • Mode of trial and bail procedures in the magistrates’ courts
  • Crown court trial and the function of juries
  • Evidential rules on bad character and hearsay
  • The work and function of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

What is the criminal process? It links the purpose of the criminal law with the process of inquiry into a crime committed with the rules of evidence, the powers of investigation by the police, the prosecution agencies and finally with the courts (see Ashworth and Redmayne, 2005: 19ff).

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