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date: 01 October 2020

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This article discusses the origins of the criminal process approach, models of the criminal process, the evolution of criminal process scholarship, contemporary criminal process scholarship, and the future of criminal process scholarship. Criminal process scholarship will survive as an inevitable by-product of the need to understand criminal justice in all its complexities. Nevertheless, it will not thrive without some significant changes. It must first regain its sense of identity through scholarship that examines the entire criminal process. There is also a need to develop new theories or models of the criminal process, both to focus criminal process scholarship and to make sense of its expanded vision.

Keywords: criminal process, legal scholarship, criminal justice, models

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