Materials linked to
Chapter 17: "The French Pre-Trial System"
John Bell


The argument of this paper will be that the central role played by a written file in the French pre-trial system is an important safeguard against miscarriages of justice since it renders the process more transparent and open to verification and account.

Linked web pages

Criminal Justice Resources in France
Dreyfus affair
Found guilty of high treason in 1994, found wholly innocent in 1906.
French Ministry of Justice
International Federation of Human Rights Leagues, Report on Anti-Terorism laws in France,
"La porte ouverte à l’arbitraire" (1999)

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