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Kilcommins, Shane and Considine, John (2007) Rethinking the ‘equality of arms’ framework between the State and the accused in the Republic of Ireland. Irish Probation Journal , 4 , (1) , pp. 32-45.

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Trials have evolved into an adversarial process, and the state has taken over the prosecutorial function. There are five challenges to this ‘equality of arms’: expanded powers of the state to address a perceived imbalance between prosecution and defence; emergency provisions becoming part of normal law; the application of criminal law to deal with regulatory issues; the use of civil jurisdiction as a crime prevention strategy; and the accommodation of victims and witnesses within the system. Maintaining a balance between security and public protection on the one hand and strong due process safeguards on the other is a complex task. But keeping both perspectives in mind helps ensure that new measures are driven by evidence-based criteria and broad considerations of strategy.


Item Type:Article
Date:2007
Page Range:pp. 32-45
Publisher:The Probation Service & Probation Board for Northern Ireland
Volume:4
Number:1
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system
T Demographic characteristics > Offender
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Drugs and alcohol related crime
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