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Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process

by Bryan Gibson and Paul Cavadino


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** IMPORTANT NOTE: Third edition re-titled The Criminal Justice System now available (May 2008) **

This much enhanced second edition (October 2002) contains information as at September 2002, including the effect of the White Paper Justice for All. It is probably the only up-to-date treatment available. Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process has proved to be a highly popular work since first published in 1995 – and is the flagship for the Waterside Press Introductory Series. It looks at the whole system of criminal justice in England and Wales in outline, from the investigation of crimes and the arrest of suspects through court remands and other key preliminaries to trial, sentence (including an explanation of community sentences and the nature of imprisonment) and beyond. The book contains separate chapters on each the main criminal justice agencies setting out the roles, powers, duties and practices of each in a concise and accessible way.

Everything from police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Criminal Defence Service, the courts, the National Probation Service, HM Prison Service and the private and voluntary sectors – with extensive information on victims, witnesses and restorative justice. Virtually everything that happens in the criminal justice process from start to finish. Unrivalled, the only book of its kind – and essential reading for everyone in this field.

A step-by-step guide, including the roles of the agencies and practitioners concerned and all in one easy to read volume. An outline of the criminal process from before a crime is committed through arrest, trial, sentence and reintegration. This fully revised account is up-to-date as at September 2002.


‘Breadth and depth of knowledge comes through on every page… a veritable encyclopaedia… the perfect book for any new arrival in the world of criminal justice… more than useful to most people already in the system… [a] clear, concise account of most that falls within criminal justice. If you are anywhere in the system and people expect you to know the answers: read this book and you will know them!’: Childrenlaw UK Newsletter

‘Rarely, if ever, has this complex process been described with such comprehensiveness and clarity’: Justice of the Peace (review of the first edition)


Bryan Gibson is a barrister-at-law and a former a clerk to the justices.

Paul Cavadino is chief executive of the National Association for the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Nacro), former secretary to the Parliamentary All-party penal Affairs Group and former chair of the Penal Affairs Consortium.

David Faulkner teaches at the Oxford Centre for Criminal justice Research and is a former Deputy Secretary of State at the Home Office.

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Weight460 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 17 mm


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