Plea negotiations are a fact of life and have been so for many years. They are a pragmatic response to an imperfect world where legal and administrative resources are limited and managerial theories have transformed the criminal justice system. In Victoria, these negotiations are not of the kind depicted in fictionalised American television dramas in which plea deals are done and presented as fait accompli to the court, but are part of everyday legal life in a semi-adversarial criminal justice system. This chapter presents a summary of the main findings and contributions of this book. It also discusses a number of recommendations as to how the process can be made more transparent and less imperfect.
KeywordsPlea negotiations Plea bargaining Justice Resources Adversarial system Transparency Reform
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