Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Commonwealth Developments and Experience

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The Causes of Delay

Restrictions on the prolonged questioning of suspects and detention without being formally charged have prevented real delays occurring between arrest and first appearance in court; but serious delay is occurring where summons are issued instead of arrests being made and between first appearance in court and final disposition of the case, either at first instance or on appeal. To an increasing extent, total trial time can be measured in months or years rather than in weeks.


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