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Investigating homicide investigation in France

Harris, Charlotte (2013) Investigating homicide investigation in France. Policing and Society, 23 (3). pp. 328-345. ISSN 1043-9463

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10439463.2013.784294


The aim of this article is to explore how criminal justice agency personnel in France respond to homicide. The French system remains, despite shifts towards adversarial elements and recurring attacks on the pivotal role of the eponymous Juge d'instruction, one of Europe's inquisitorial judicial systems, and its structure of judicial supervision of police enquiries and epistemological ethos of truth seeking has periodically been advocated to improve the probity of cases in countries like England with adversarial systems pitting partisan cases supported by discrete pieces of evidence. This article explores how the supervisory system works in practice, the methods and thought processes of the French investigators in all their forms, and the societal ethos within which they operate.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 14:00
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:04
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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