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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hossain & Afroz on Plea Bargaining in Bangladesh

Md. Pizuar Hossain and Tureen Afroz (East West University and East West University) have posted Plea-Bargaining: Socio-Legal Impacts on the Criminal Justice System of Bangladesh (Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 19, No. 2, article 3, 2019) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The possibility of introducing plea-bargaining in the Bangladesh criminal justice system has been much debated. It is argued that it is necessary to ensure the speedy disposal of cases, save time and money, and reduce the caseload of courts and prison overcrowding. The counter arguments include that if it is introduced in Bangladesh, it will deprive citizens of constitutionally-recognised rights and increase the risk of arbitrariness in criminal trials. This article considers both sides of the debate and proposes guidelines and procedures for a system of plea-bargaining that take into account the unique socio-legal circumstances of Bangladesh.

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