Changes to the Culture of Adversarialness: Endorsing Candor, Cooperation and Civility in Relationships between Prosecutors and Defense Counsel

34 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2011  

Lissa Griffin

Pace University School of Law

Stacy Caplow

Brooklyn Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Following a brief history of prior versions of the relevant Standards in Part I, Part II describes the current draft of the proposed Prosecution and Defense Functions, focusing on new requirements for candor, civility, and cooperation. The article concludes that the proposed revisions represent a healthy step toward a more reliable, trustworthy, and efficient criminal justice system. The revisions explicitly recognize the central, powerful, and multidimensional role of the prosecutor and attempt to respond accurately and realistically to the needs and demands of that role. As the drafting and approval process continues, certain specific areas need greater clarification and thus should be discussed and contextualized in accompanying commentary. This would better inform prosecutors and defense counsel about how the Standards apply to specific circumstances.

Suggested Citation

Griffin, Lissa and Caplow, Stacy, Changes to the Culture of Adversarialness: Endorsing Candor, Cooperation and Civility in Relationships between Prosecutors and Defense Counsel (2011). Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1926993

Lissa Griffin (Contact Author)

Pace University School of Law ( email )

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White Plains, NY 10603
United States
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Stacy Caplow

Brooklyn Law School ( email )

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States

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