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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility$
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Ross Cranston

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198259312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259312.001.0001

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Ethics and Criminal Justice

Ethics and Criminal Justice

(p.144) (p.145) 7 Ethics and Criminal Justice
Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Andrew Ashworth

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the ethical problems in the criminal law jurisdictions. The concern of this chapter is with one particular kind of criticism — that certain conduct in criminal justice is unethical. The focus is on the pre-trial stages of criminal justice, leaving aside the substantive criminal law and sentencing. Much discussion of ethics in criminal justice takes the dilemma of the individual lawyer as the central issue. Topics covered include ethics and crime, rules and ethics, developing ethical principles for criminal justice, identifying ‘unethical’ practices, understanding ‘unethical’ behaviour, justifying ‘unethical’ behaviour by challenging the ethics, unethical standpoints, and criminal justice reform through ethics. It concludes by reconsidering the implications of codes of ethics for the practice of criminal justice.

Keywords:   codes of ethics, criminal justice, criminal law jurisdiction, crime, lawyer

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