Criminal Justice Section Standards

Fair Trial and Public Discourse    

FAIR TRIAL AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE

Fair Trial and Public Discourse is the subject of a new set of ABA Criminal Justice Standards approved by the ABA House of Delegates in August 2013.  To go directly to individual "black letter" standards, click on the applicable link in the Table of Contents, below. Commentary to these Standards is currently being developed and once it is approved by the Standards Committee will accompany these “black letter” Standards in a published volume.

PART I. GENERAL DEFINITIONS AND PURPOSES

Standard 8-1.1.  Purposes of these Standards

Standard 8-1.2.  Definitions of Terms Used in these Standards


PART II.  CONDUCT OF ATTORNEYS

Standard 8-2.1.  Conduct by Lawyers Participating in a Criminal Matter  

Standard 8-2.2.  Specific Guidance Regarding Prosecutorial Statements

Standard 8-2.3.  Specific Guidance Regarding Defense Statements

Standard 8-2.4.  Statements by Legal Commentators and Consultants


PART III.  CONDUCT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES IN CRIMINAL CASES 

Standard 8-3.1.  Extrajudicial Statements and Disclosure of Information by Law Enforcement

Standard 8-3.2.  Conduct with Respect to an Individual in Custody


PART IV.  CONDUCT OF JUDGES AND COURT PERSONNEL IN CRIMINAL CASES   

Standard 8-4.1.  Extrajudicial Statements and Disclosure of Information by Court Personnel


PART V.  CONDUCT OF JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS IN CRIMINAL CASES

Standard 8-5.1.  Prior Restraints

Standard 8-5.2.  Public Access to Judicial Proceedings and Related Documents and Exhibits

Standard 8-5.3.  Mitigating the Effects of Publicity on the Fairness of a Trial

Standard 8-5.4.  Voir Dire

Standard 8-5.5.  Cautionary Jury Instructions

Standard 8-5.6.  Plans for Accommodating Public Interest in a Criminal Matter

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Criminal Justice Standards Committee

For more information concerning the Criminal Justice Standards, please contact Kevin Scruggs, Standards Project Director either through e-mail, or telephone at (202) 662-1503.

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