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Crime, Justice & Punishment

The Historical Background to the Proceedings of the Old Bailey

How suspects were apprehended.

Explanations of the offences tried at the Old Bailey.

How trials were conducted at the Old Bailey.

The decision-makers in criminal trials.

Explanations of jury decisions.

The wide range of punishments imposed on convicted criminals.


Guide to unfamiliar terms.


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