Top criminal law expert joins special counsel
Criminal Trials are stressful on everyone – including the lawyers.
In every criminal trial the stakes are high.
Will the accused be found guilty or not guilty?
It is an enormously stressful process for both the victims and their families, and also for the accused and their loved ones.
But trials can also have a big impact on legal professionals too.
The Law Report speaks with a senior barrister and a psychiatrist who treats lawyers about the pressures on both prosecutors and defence lawyers.
It’s not much of an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of a crisis in criminal responsibility.
Society is becoming more aware of what causes people to commit crime. The range of causes includes addiction, a history of sexual or physical abuse, and “rotten social backgrounds”, as they say in the United States.
How, then, under these conditions, can we still call people to account for their actions in court, on the basis they acted freely and voluntarily when they committed an offence? Do we have to throw away ideas of responsibility for crime?
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