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Description - The Quest for Justice by Ken Crispin

What is justice? How does our legal system work? And how can we trust a system that is so changeable and widely criticised? These are some of the fundamental questions that former Supreme Court judge Ken Crispin sets out to answer in this enlightening and thought-provoking book. The law is one of the cornerstones of western democracy, and the judiciary one its most cherished institutions. From a heritage of feudalism and repression, our highly complex criminal justice system has evolved to encompass a respect for social values and the rights of individuals. Recently, however, it has become obvious that rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom from detention without trial are becoming increasingly endangered. The tough-on-crime rhetoric of police and politicians, the 'war on drugs', the 'reforms' designed to increase conviction rates, and the loss of rights due to fear of terrorism all point to an erosion of justice in western societies. Ken Crispin's wealth of experience on both sides of the bar - from appearing for high-profile defendants such as Lindy and Michael Chamberlain to prosecuting murderers and rapists, and later sitting on the ACT Supreme Court bench - makes him the ideal guide for finding a way through these thorny legal thickets. Moved by the anguish of those crying out for justice which he has observed throughout his career, Crispin lays bare the strengths and weaknesses of the legal system with great clarity and compassion. Compelling and easily comprehensible, but never simplistic, this is the definitive guide to justice as we know it.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921640438
ISBN-10: 192164043X
Format: Paperback / softback
(233mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Scribe Publications
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publish Date: 31-May-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Quest for Justice by Ken Crispin - Reviewed by (22 Jul 2010)

Ken Crispin draws on his wealth of experience as a barrister and Supreme Court judge in this comprehensive study of the history and philosophy of our legal system. Crispin’s writing is accessibly academic; he discusses jurisprudence in a way that illuminates the ideology behind our legal system and charts the evolution of law by explaining the theories of great thinkers such as John Rawls and John Stuart Mill. Crispin’s philosophical discussion of law and justice is also grounded in contemporary issues, such as refugee rights and mandatory sentencing, and he writes persuasively and precisely, as if giving a judicial ruling on the performance of the entire system of justice. Crispin is a liberal thinker, advocating a less punitive focus in favour of policies that save lives. He also looks beyond the courtroom to address issues of public and social policy, discussing the ‘so-called’ war on drugs in terms of the courts, the police, education and health programmes. The Quest for Justice is an informative study of our legal system and the policies that have shaped it and is a cogent analysis of how justice can be better administered.

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