Author(s): Edited by Julia Tolmie and Warren Brookbanks
The first comprehensive account of New Zealand approaches to criminal justice issues to be published in this country.
The book provides an account of a complex range of interconnected constituencies and procedures that together constitute the New Zealand criminal justice system. The book emphasises the lack of any coherent philosophy connecting the many stakeholders of criminal justice, so that law and justice outcomes are not uniformly fair as regards the different groups of people they impact, in particular, young people, Maori, those with mental impairment, and women.
The book describes the operation of foundational theories and procedures, including the trial process, criminal procedure, policing, sentencing and provision for victims, as well as addressing a number of contemporary issues such as the role of the media in defining justice issues and the emergence of alternative ways of doing justice.
Contents include: Introduction -- Chapter 2: Recurring themes in contemporary criminal justice developments and debates -- Chapter 3: Crime in New Zealand over the last ten years -- Chapter 4: The causes of crime and the boundaries of criminal justice -- Chapter 5: Policing -- Chapter 6: The criminal justice process: an overview -- Chapter 7: Criminal procedure -- Chapter 8: Constituents in the trial process -- Chapter 9: Alternatives to the traditional trial process -- Chapter 10: Sentencing -- Chapter 11: Women and the criminal justice system -- Chapter 12: Maori and the criminal justice system -- Chapter 13: Youth justice -- Chapter 14: Crime, criminal justice and the media -- Chapter 15: Mentally disordered offenders.