Criminal Justice Reform and the System’s Efficiency
Criminal Law Forum
This article discusses key issues that affect the efficiency and credibility of criminal justice systems. It discusses the consequences of an ineffective criminal justice system, which include unnecessary delays within the court process, ‘cracked’ or ‘collapsed’ trials, and lack of public confidence. It notes that a successful system must contain strategic, integrated, and sustainable mechanisms that enhance the entire criminal justice process. The article examines a number of initiatives taken by various countries, noting the measurable and sustainable results, while also suggesting ways that these programs could be improved. Finally, the author notes the importance of measuring the outcomes and impact of the suggested initiatives in an effort to promote transparency and accountability, as well as effectively record successful strategies.
Fellow and Senior Associate, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, and Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley.