Recommended Titles and Treatises
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The American Bar Association has been crafting its Standards for Criminal Justice since the 1960s. You can read a nice overview of the effort at http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/criminal_justice_magazine/makingofstandards_marcus.authcheckdam.pdf [PDF]. In each of the Standards volumes, the “Black Letter” standard is presented followed by an historical note and commentary. The speedy trial provisions originally focused on the preventing the defendant from languishing in custody awaiting trial. The third edition of the Standards has expanded this concept to “timely resolution of criminal cases.” This change reflects several considerations. Increasingly many criminal cases are resolved without going to trial, but the defendant, the victims, the witnesses, and the court system benefit from a swift closure to criminal matters.
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