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The Special Criminal Court: Practice and Procedure

By: Alice Harrison Editor(s): Úna Ní Raifeartaigh, Michael Bowman SC
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Published: 26-09-2019
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 464
ISBN: 9781784510817
Imprint: Bloomsbury Professional
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About The Special Criminal Court: Practice and Procedure

The Special Criminal Court: Practice and Procedure is the first general textbook in four decades to cover all aspects of the Special Criminal Court. It is a comprehensive and detailed review of the Court's rulings, legislative developments, and procedural and evidential rules. In light of the fact that the Special Criminal Court is a creature of statute, the procedural rules are extraordinarily specific and this book sets these out comprehensively and clearly, so as to be accessible and useful to the practitioner. It provides practitioners with all relevant material on the practical considerations, procedural requirements, and evidential issues specific to the Special Criminal Court.

The book covers the range of offences typically tried by the Court, and contains detailed discussions on:
- The most recent case law and legislative developments
- Subversive crime and the special evidential requirements relating to subversive crime
- The rules of the Special Criminal Court and the specific procedure applicable in that court
- The challenges taken to the Special Criminal Court regime in light of the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights
- Witness protection
- Investigative powers
- Surveillance
- Accomplice evidence
- Disclosure and privilege in the context of the Special Criminal Court
- Organised crime

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: Historical and Political Background
Chapter 2: The Special Criminal Court, the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights
Chapter 3: Procedure in the Special Criminal Court
Chapter 4: Investigative Powers
Chapter 5: Surveillance, Intelligence Operations and Communications Interception
Chapter 6: Membership of an Unlawful Organisation and Related Offences
Chapter 7: Accomplices and Protected Witnesses
Chapter 8: Disclosure and Privilege
Chapter 9: Organised Crime and Non-Subversive Offences
1. Schedule of Offences
2. Offences Against the State Act 1939
3. Offences Against The State (Amendment) Act 1972
4. Offences Against the State (Amendment) Act 1998
5. Offences Against the State Acts 1939 to 1998 Special Criminal Court No. 1 [2] Rules 2016
6. Green Street Courthouse: A Brief History


“The author has considered the court, and the voluminous jurisprudence relating to it, from every conceivable angle. There are chapters devoted to the historical and political background, and to the various (and largely unsuccessful) challenges to the Offences against the State regime. Every legal point and practice direction has been painstakingly pored over. In addition, the author has gathered material that is not readily accessible elsewhere: to give the most comprehensive overview she has sourced transcripts of trials and newspaper reports so that key ex tempore rulings are drawn together most usefully.” –  Rebecca Coen, Irish Jurist, Vol LXV

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