Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Commonwealth Developments and Experience

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The Guilty Pleas and Plea Bargaining

The hearing of the oral evidence of witnesses and cross-examination is a time-consuming process not only in committal proceedings, but also, naturally, at the trial of a criminal case. At trial, the prosecution may produce additional witnesses; witnesses for the defence will also be heard whereas they are generally absent from committal and both sides may conduct vigorous and lengthy cross-examinations. In the following chapter there will be an examination of the inroads that have been made into the viva voce evidence rule; the present section, however, is concerned with the elimination of the need for proof by means of a straightforward or negotiated guilty plea.


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