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Pre-Trial Witness Interviews and the 'Justice Gap' - A Plea for Sophistication in Criminal Procedure Reform


Paul Roberts


University of Nottingham

Candida Saunders


University of Nottingham

October 9, 2009


Abstract:     
Drawing extensively on new empirical data, this article presents pre-trial witness interviewing by Crown Prosecutors (PTWI) as an illuminating case-study in criminal procedure reform and its evaluation. Various rationales for PTWI are canvassed and compared against documented experience during its Pilot Evaluation. Proceeding from the deceptively simple instrumental objective of increasing convictions, the discussion broadens out into a more comprehensive evaluation of the intrinsic merits and limitations of PTWI. Having indicated the wider implications of this case-study for policies aimed at tackling ‘the justice gap’, the article concludes by advancing a general argument for greater sophistication in the planning, execution and ongoing evaluation of criminal procedure reform.

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Keywords: witness interviewing, prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, criminal procedure reform, socio-legal research

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Date posted: October 13, 2009  

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Roberts, Paul and Saunders, Candida, Pre-Trial Witness Interviews and the 'Justice Gap' - A Plea for Sophistication in Criminal Procedure Reform (October 9, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1486040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1486040

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Paul Roberts (Contact Author)
University of Nottingham ( email )
School of Law
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom
Candida Saunders
University of Nottingham ( email )
School of Law
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom
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