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Plea Negotiations in Context

  • Asher Flynn
  • Arie Freiberg
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Part of the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)

Abstract

Plea negotiations remain a surprisingly under-researched activity, with most literature originating from America, England and Canada in the late 1970s to the early 2000s. In Australia, plea negotiations are under-examined, leaving a significant gap in understandings of how plea negotiations operate (in terms of frequency and offence type) and how they may affect justice outcomes. This is concerning in light of recent research which suggests that already marginalised groups, including Indigenous Australians, women and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, are more vulnerable to being pressured in pre-trial decision-making. This chapter overviews the book’s case file data exploring the characteristics of cases that resolve by plea negotiation. An overview of the criminal justice process and policies related to plea negotiations in Victoria is also presented.

Keywords

Plea negotiations Plea bargaining Prosecutorial discretion Pre-trial Criminal justice Magistrates’ Court County Court 

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  • Asher Flynn
    • 1
  • Arie Freiberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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