Source: (2013) In, David J. Cornwell, John Blad, and Martin Wright, eds., Civilising criminal justice: An international restorative justice agenda for penal reform. pp. 151-170.

The aim of this chapter is thus to examine the role and function of the criminal courts, simpliciter, and their relationship to other agencies contributing to the overall public response to criminality. The focus is the trial of accused persons for the commission of a criminal offence. (excerpt)