Phillip C Stenning

Modern Prosecution Process in New Zealand, The

ISBN: 9780864735782

Whom do we prosecute?

For what kinds of offences?


And with what results?

Equally importantly, when and why do we forgo this response in the face of clear evidence of illegal behaviour?

Who makes (and who should make) such decisions?

And how effectively do we hold them accountable for them?

How ‘successful’ is our modern prosecution system in achieving the objectives it is supposed to achieve?

Do we monitor its effectiveness as carefully and thoroughly as we should, given the significant resources that we invest in it each year?

And — a question which surely must be uppermost in a bicultural country like New Zealand, which is growing increasingly multicultural as the twenty-first century unfolds — is our prosecution system one that treats everyone who appears before it with equality and fairness?

Does it, in other words, dispense justice?

This book seeks answers to these questions and many more. Above all, it provides an introduction to the prosecution system and process in New Zealand, not so much for the experts and functionaries – prosecutors, defence lawyers, judges, victims advisers, court administrators, law reformers and other government officials who operate it year in and year out – as for the general reading public. The book, in other words, is not a manual for practitioners, but an introduction and guide to the lay person with a desire to learn more about this critical governmental institution that impinges on the lives of many New Zealanders every year.

Praise for The Modern Prosecution Process in New Zealand

It provides a lucid and authoritative introduction to the basic processes of prosecution. Along the way, it explains the concepts lawyers tend to throw around, such as indictment, hearsay, and status hearing. It sketches the big picture with statistics on the numbers of prosecutions, diversions, family group conferences, and the like. It sets out the roles of the key players: the attorney-general, the solicitor-general, crown and police prosecutors, defence lawyers, judges and justices of the peace. It describes the structure of the courts. It methodically traverses the steps of a prosecution from charges to trial and appeal, and contains separate consideration of topics such as youth offenders and victims' rights.
Steven Price NZ BOOKS

Phillip C. Stenning is currently Professor at the Centre for Criminological Research at Keele University, in the United Kingdom. He was previously Professor and Director of the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington from 2003 to 2005, and before that was at the Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, from 1968 to 2002.

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