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    The Presumption of Innocence in Irish Criminal Law: Recent Trends and Possible Explanations

    Hamilton, C. (2011) The Presumption of Innocence in Irish Criminal Law: Recent Trends and Possible Explanations. Irish Journal of Legal Studies, 2 (1). pp. 3-21. ISSN 2009-6410

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    The existence of four contemporary threats to the presumption of innocence in England and Wales has been posited by Ashworth. The aim of this article is to take stock of the law in the Republic of Ireland impacting upon this cornerstone principle of Irish criminal law. The article explores Ashworth’s arguments in more detail and examines the justifications for the presumption of innocence generally and in an Irish context. Case law and legislation which may have impacted on its scope and practical import for the accused are considered prior to somewhat mixed conclusions being drawn about the relative health of the presumption in Ireland. The final part of the article briefly examines some arguments which have been advanced for contemporary developments in the field of due process protections.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Presumption of Innocence; Irish Criminal Law; Ireland; Law;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 5997
    Depositing User: Claire Hamilton
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 15:58
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Legal Studies
    Publisher: University College Cork
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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