Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession

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McGill-Queen's University Press
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6.3 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Elaine Craig is associate professor in the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.


"Putting Trials on Trial is a riveting exposΓ© of criminal defence lawyers who regularly engage in aggressive and humiliating cross-examination, of Crown attorneys who fail to meet their duties to complainants, and of judges who fail to intervene to prevent abusive cross-examination and who fail to properly apply substantive law. It is a must-read for those who seek to change the way that sexual assault law is practised and adjudicated." The Honourable Marie Corbett, author of January: A Woman Judge's Season of Disillusion
"Many of us struggle to understand what is going so disastrously wrong with sexual assault trials. For everyone who is distraught about this, and more so for those who are not, this book is a must read. Elaine Craig brilliantly interrogates how defence lawyers, Crown attorneys, professional regulatory bodies, state-funded legal counsel, and judges contribute to the mess we find ourselves in and what we must do to change it." Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa, and author of Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975
"This spectacular, thoughtful, and hard-hitting book pushes all of us to reconsider the impact of trials on those caught up in the justice system. Elaine Craig has done us all a service. This is the most important book you'll see this year." Clayton Ruby, lawyer, activist, and member of the Order of Canada