Prosecution and diversion within criminal justice systems in europe. Aims and design of a comparative study

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This article presents the aims, approach and design of a 11 countries study on diversion and prosecution in European Criminal Justice Systems. The basic assumption is that the flood of proceedings is mastered by procedural short cuts and simplifications with the public prosecutor as the key player. The article describes the methods developed in order to compare the different national concepts and and competencies of criminal justice agencies and procedures. Furthermore, it demonstrates the interdependencies of the various articles in this double issue focusing on different parts of the criminal justice system from police to the court.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93 - 99
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
Issue number2-3
Early online date10 Aug 2008
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008


  • Comparative study, Criminal justice systems, Discretion, Diversion, Methodology, Prosecution