Recent Reforms in Pre-Trial Procedure in England and Wales

15 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2009

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Jacqueline Hodgson

University of Warwick - School of Law

Date Written: October 26, 2009


In this paper, focusing on the investigation and prosecution of crime, I would like to outline some of the recent changes and trends within criminal justice in England and Wales, and by way of comparison, to mention how some of these issues are developing in a very different European jurisdiction, that of France. There are two principal themes to my talk: the changing role of the prosecutor and of the defence lawyer in pre-trial investigations. These current developments exemplify not so much best practice, but rather areas of tension to be addressed in ensuring that the integrity of the criminal process and its values are not undermined by efficiency and political policy driven reform.

Keywords: crime, prosecution, France, England

Suggested Citation

Hodgson, Jacqueline S., Recent Reforms in Pre-Trial Procedure in England and Wales (October 26, 2009). Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2009/02, Available at SSRN: or

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