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Criminal Law and Philosophy

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 83–106 | Cite as

Procedural Proportionality: The Remedy for an Uncertain Jurisprudence of Minor Offence Justice

  • Dat T. Bui
Original Paper
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Abstract

With a focus on the Common Law jurisdiction of England and Wales and the Civil Law jurisdiction of Vietnam, this article provides an analytical framework to address the uncertain jurisprudence of minor offence processes. The article’s approach is to seek an account of crime and criminal process that is most suitable for practice and most compatible with the broad notion of ‘criminal charge’ under international human rights instruments. It is argued that minor offences should be considered forms of less serious crimes that are subject to short periods of imprisonment or non-custodial punishments and dealt with by summary procedures. The fragmentation of minor offences demands an approach to procedural pragmatism and procedural proportionality; that is, the procedure for each type of offence should be proportionate to the severity of punishment and fair as a whole.

Keywords

Proportionality Fair trial rights Summary justice Minor offences Misdemeanours 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This article is part of a doctoral thesis that I undertook at Macquarie University. I would like to express my thanks to Carlos L. Bernal-Pulido and Niloufer Selvadurai for their guidance and comments. I am also very grateful to Rodrigo Camarena González, anonymous reviewers, and editors for their comments on numerous drafts of this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lecturer, Law SchoolVietnam National University HanoiHanoiVietnam

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