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Standing Accused: The Organization and Practices of Criminal Defence Lawyers in Britain

Mike McConville, Jacqueline Hodgson, Lee Bridges, and Anita Pavlovic


Criminal cases are commonly seen as a fight between adversaries of equal strength: the intrusive power of the State versus skilled defence lawyers advocating their clients' cause. The reality, according to this major new study, is rather different. The provision of defence counsel is often rudimentary and unsatisfactory. Based on one of the largest studies of legal professional practice ever undertaken, involving nearly fifty solicitors' firms, this book offers a critical examination of the practices and organisation of defence lawyers in Britain. The authors show how defence lawyers discharge ... More

Keywords: criminal cases, State, defence lawyers, defence counsel, Crown Courts, paralegals, criminal defence, adversarial system, defendants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198258681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike McConville, author

Jacqueline Hodgson, author

Lee Bridges, author
all at University of Warwick