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Judicial Participation In Plea Bargaining: A Dispute Resolution Perspective, Rishi Batra Jan 2015

Judicial Participation In Plea Bargaining: A Dispute Resolution Perspective, Rishi Batra

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There is a common perception that judges do not or should not play a role in the criminal plea bargaining discussions between prosecutors and defense counsel. However, in many state jurisdictions, judicial participation is allowed or even encouraged by statute or by case law. This Article briefly summarizes some of the issues with the plea bargaining process, including how structural issues with the way defense counsel are appointed and compensated, along with the power of prosecutors, makes good representation for defendants less likely. By then performing a fifty-state survey of rules for judicial participation in plea bargaining, the Article explicates …