The Price of Justice?: Lengthy Criminal Trials in Australia
Publication Date :
1 Jan 1995
Lengthy criminal trials have become a major concern in Australia. With the cost of criminal proceedings estimated at $20,000 per day, practitioners and policy-makers are keen to find ways of improving the efficiency of criminal trials. This book describes the results of a national survey of long criminal trials in Australia. Such a survey has never been attempted in the past. Using statistical as well as interview data, the authors provide a detailed analysis of the characteristics of lengthy trials and identify the factors most significantly associated with trial duration. The findings are both useful and thought-provoking. This book makes an important contribution to the policy debate on lengthy criminal trials.