McDowell reforms would do more harm than good

In a well-researched speech last Friday, Minister for Justice Michael McDowell proposed more sweeping reforms of the criminal justice system, which should appeal to a public intolerance with the constitutional niceties of that system.

28th October, 2006

In a well-researched speech last Friday, Minister for Justice Michael McDowell proposed more sweeping reforms of the criminal justice system, which should appeal to a public intolerance with the constitutional niceties of that system.

His theme was that the scales of justice have tilted too far against the interest of the victims of crime in favour of the accused - and the subtext for ‘accused’ is ‘criminal’; in other words, the rights of the ‘criminal’...

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