Need help with my writing homework on Criminal Justice System in England and Wales. Write a 2250 word paper answering; On the other side of the debate about the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in England and Wales, Michael Naughton argues that the Home Office’s approach is flawed in that many convictions are eventually quashed on the grounds that they are unsafe and unsatisfactory.3 Naughton is of the opinion that the suggestions for reform are primarily aimed at tipping the scales of justice in favor of the victim when in fact the statistical evidence reflects that indeed the scales are already tipped in favor of the victim.4 While acknowledging that changes are always necessary to adjust to changes in the society, Naughton charges that changes such as those suggested in the White Paper presented by the Home Office fail to address the prevalent problem of wrongful conviction with the result that more changes are imperative.
“The Lord Chancellors Departments statistics on successful appeals against criminal conviction show that in the decade 1989-1999 the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) abated over 8,470 criminal convictions – a yearly average of 770. In addition, there are around 3,500 quashed criminal convictions a year at the Crown Court for convictions obtained at the magistrates’ courts.”
The Home Office’s White Paper is therefore misguided in its desire to rebalance the criminal justice system in favor of the victim. It would perhaps be more appropriate to rebalance the system so that it is fair to both sides of the pendulum.
The White Paper is a response to an escalation in criminal activity in recent years. The rebalancing of the Criminal Justice system in favor of the victim and the ‘get tough’ on crime attitude was prevalent in Tony Blair’s interview with the Observer as reported on November 10th, 2002. Political Editor for the Observer, Kamal Ahmed reported:
“Tony Blair has launched a withering attack on the failure of Britain’s institutions to deal with the public fear of crime, .admitting that offenders often escape punishment or receive sentences that do ‘not fit the crime’.