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Justice for All: Putting Victims at the Heart of Criminal Justice?

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This article considers the claim in the government's White Paper, Justice for All, to put victims and witnesses at the heart of the criminal justice system and argues that there is an unresolved tension within the paper between instrumentalist crime control concerns and intrinsic concerns for the rights of victims and witnesses. It is argued that many of the proposals now contained in the latest Criminal Justice Bill are so preoccupied with rebalancing the system away from offenders that they risk doing injustice to defendants with little tangible benefit to victims and witnesses in terms of rights and remedies.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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