Criminal Justice Issues

 Now there is a controversy in the UK related to rights of the offender and the victim. In order to examine whether the UK criminal justice system has given priority to offenders’ right or not. one must understand how the system functions.

In the United Kingdom, the “purpose of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) is to deliver justice for all, by convicting and punishing the guilty and helping them to stop offending while protecting the innocent. It is responsible for detecting crime and bringing it to justice. and carrying out the orders of the court, such as collecting fines, and supervising community and custodial punishment.” (Aims and Objectives). Other important goals of the criminal justice system are to bring down crime by booking more offences, to increase people’s belief that the justice system is fair and will serve the needs of the law-abiding citizen. A large number of agencies work together for the successful functioning of the criminal justice process. These include “the police, the courts, the prison service, the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Probation Service.”

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(How It Works?). The work of the above-mentioned agencies supervised by three government departments i.e. the home office, the department for constitutional affairs and the attorney general’s office. Once a crime is committed, crown prosecutors will decide whether to charge a person with a criminal offence or not and the police will investigate the offence. “Although the police and the CPS work closely together, both organisations are completely independent of each other, and the final responsibility for the decision as to whether or not to proceed with an offence that has been charged rests with the CPS. (Preparing the Case).

In the UK, there are mainly two types of court i.e. Magistrates’ courts and Crown courts. “The less serious offences are handled entirely in the magistrates’ court. Over 95% of all cases are dealt with in this way. The&nbsp.more serious offences are passed on to the Crown Court, to be dealt with by a judge and jury.”&nbsp.Very serious offences are tried in Crown Court.

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