CJS 220 Week 4 Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys

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Running head: Attorney roles Contrast of Opposing Attorneys in Criminal Proceedings Brian C. Kennedy University of Phoenix CJS220 Steven Weber 29 June 2014 1
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Contrast of Opposing Counsel in Criminal Proceedings Abstract In the United States criminal justice system, the adversarial system pits a prosecutor against a defense attorney in the resolution of a criminal case. This can be done by both parties performing legal maneuvers at trial, or before a trial in the form of various hearings and filings of motions. Additionally, after a trial either side may appeal a decision. As a result, the roles of each position each have particular responsibilities and allegiances to consider. These duties represent a specific function to fulfill within the criminal justice system. Each side is a key player in the administration of justice that, in a more pragmatic sense, affects the lives of specific people daily. But in a more transcendental way, it affects every citizen in the United States as the actions and performances by these role players affect policy change and can dictate legislation and common law. Defense Attorneys Defense Attorneys can come in two forms: those retained by people for a set fee as part of a business transaction, and those appointed by the state for indigent persons. In both cases, the defense counsel is bound by ethical code to act in the best interests of their client. They must keep their clients informed as comprehensively as possible while explaining and educating their clients about the proceedings affecting them.
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  • Fall '10
  • criminal law, Lawyer, attorney, criminal proceedings, prosecutor, Opposing Counsel

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