The Police, the Prosecutor and the Juge D’Instruction Judicial Supervision in France, Theory and Practice

24 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2010

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Jacqueline Hodgson

University of Warwick - School of Law

Date Written: September 9, 2010

Abstract

The judicial supervision of police investigations is attractive to many as a possible corrective to the police tendency to focus prematurely upon one suspect, overlooking or suppressing important evidence. Based upon her own empirical study of French pre-trial justice, the author argues that direct involvement of the superviser in the investigation is anticipated neither by the text of the law, nor the legal actors themselves. Drawing on observation, interviews and questionnaires, the importance of occupational cultures in understanding the daily practices of legal personnel is examined. In particular, attention is paid to the nature of the relationship between police and superviser and to the ways in which the superviser’s status as ‘magistrat’ is employed as a legitimating ideology permeating all aspects of pre-trial justice.

Keywords: supervision of police investigations, pre-trial justice

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Hodgson, Jacqueline S., The Police, the Prosecutor and the Juge D’Instruction Judicial Supervision in France, Theory and Practice (September 9, 2010). Warwick School of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1674409

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