Guilty Pleas and the Changing Role of the Prosecutor in French Criminal Justice

18 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2010 Last revised: 7 Nov 2012

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Jacqueline Hodgson

University of Warwick - School of Law

Date Written: July 29, 2010

Abstract

As in many other jurisdictions, the role of the French prosecutor (the procureur) has expanded over the last decades. The changes can be characterised as a transfer of power and functions away from the judicial to the prosecutorial in order to reduce costs and delay. This raises issues around the political independence of the pre-trial investigation, as well as the extent to which French criminal procedure is jettisoning traditional judicial safeguards associated with a more inquisitorial system and replacing them (or not) with due process protections associated with the adversarial two party conflict model.

Keywords: French prosecutor, criminal procedure, plea bargaining

Suggested Citation

Hodgson, Jacqueline S., Guilty Pleas and the Changing Role of the Prosecutor in French Criminal Justice (July 29, 2010). Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2010/15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1650571 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1650571

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