28 January 2014

BOOK: S.M. Boyne on the German Prosecution Service

Juris Diversitas is pleased to announce the publication of Shawn Marie Boyne's new book, The German Prosecution Service: Guardians of the Law (Springer 2014).

Acclaimed as the "the most objective prosecutors in the world" the German prosecution service has long attracted the attention in the past of comparative law scholars. At first glance, the institutional position and statutory mandate of German prosecutors indicate that that reputation is well-deserved. Unfortunately, the introduction of chargebargaining has opened the door to criticism that German prosecutors have abandoned their role of objective decision-makers. Using interview data collected from interviews with German prosecutors themselves as well as quantitative data, the book uses the actual voices of German prosecutors to show how real-world constraints, rather than changes in the law, undermine the ability of German prosecutors to objectively seek the truth. The book will take readers behind closed doors where prosecutors discuss case decisions and unveil the realities of practice. As a result, it will critically revise previous studies of German prosecution practices and offer readers a well-researched ethnographic analysis of actual German decision-making practices and the culture of the prosecution service.

- Unique, ethnographic study of a prosecutorial decision-making that contrasts with decision-making in an adversarial system
- Detailed quotations from German lawyers
- Analysis of actual case studies
- On-the-ground analysis of the German prosecution service rather than academic theory

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