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Adversarial and Inquisitorial Criminal Justice Systems

1. What is the difference between the adversarial system of justice and the inquisitorial systems of justice that have been used in the past?
2. How did the right to a jury trial develop? What implications does the right to a jury trial have in the American system of justice? Provide examples.

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1. What is the difference between the adversarial system of justice and the inquisitorial systems of justice that have been used in the past?

The adversarial system of justice allows two separate entities, defense attorneys and prosecutors, to serve as adversaries in the pursuit of truth. Therefore, when a jury is tasked with determining the guilt or innocence of a person, these adversaries present evidence in court to prove their case. The inquisitorial system of justice has no ...

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This solution provides students with an explanation defining the differences between the adversarial criminal trial system practiced in America and inquisitorial systems of justice practiced in other parts of the world. The significance of trials by juries is also analyzed.

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