Australian Criminal Justice provides a complete overview of the criminal justice process. It analyses the influences that shape criminal justice and critically examines the institutional and administrative features of its operation in all jurisdictions. With a unique blend of theory, practice, critique and context, this book guides readers step by step through the stages of a case - from investigation to sentencing. It also explores the social context of the criminal justice system in terms of the rights of the individual, community responsibilities and international guarantees. Now in its fifth edition Australian Criminal Justice has been the definitive guide to the subject for more than 20 years.