In Our Day and Age

In Our Day and Age

  • Submitted By: darkchaoz
  • Date Submitted: 09/23/2009 8:20 PM
  • Category: Philosophy
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Laws are always adapting to society and her actions. What was legal several years ago could be illegal now, vice-versa. Laws must up to date so that it is effective in our system. An example of this would be stealing a goat from your neighbor; the punishment beheaded. Nowadays, this would be highly impractical and not to mention immoral to punish one’s crime with their life. This is where some Simple concepts were then created to help maintain laws up-to date and allow fairness, protection, and participation to be woven into the fabric of our justice system.

One of the most important principles of justice would be participation. This process should be open-public scrutiny is an important safeguard. (Dickinson et al…, 1996) This allows everyone that is accused of a crime to be tried in a court of law. He can either be tried by “trial by jury” or “trial by judge” usually people will pick trial by jury since they have a better chance since they are being tried by twelve different people with twelve different points of view. The process involves both the crown and the defendant’s lawyer to handpick twelve people in a jury pool to be in the jury, to make it less unbiased. Another form of participation would be having witnesses give their testimony during a trial. This is to either help the defense if he is truly innocent or help the crown prove the defendant’s guilt. Witness are vital during the trial, since there will always be a second opinion to tell their side of the story.

The procedure that must accord with respect for basic human dignity. (Dickinson et al…, 1996) or “fairness” This ensures everything from the moment of arrest all the way to the moment of the verdict is all done properly and fairly. That being said, it is to prevent innocent people going to prison, or guilty persons walking free. This also applies to the fact you must know what crime you have committed before being incarcerated. The police officers should read you your rights,...

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