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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