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General / Thematic: The Individual Judge

Access to Legal Representation by Criminal Defendants in Victoria, 1861–1961

Author

Alana Piper and Mark Finnane

Traditionally under the English legal system, prisoners charged with felonies had been denied the right to legal representation on the grounds that such assistance was superfluous, perhaps even harmful to the cause of justice.[footnote* John H Langbein, The Origins of Adversary Criminal Trial (Oxford University Press, 2005) 33–6; David J A Cairns, Advocacy and the Making of the Adversarial Criminal Trial 1800–1865 (Oxford University Press, 1999) 4.]

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