Plea Negotiations

Pragmatic Justice in an Imperfect World

  • Asher Flynn
  • Arie Freiberg

Part of the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 1-16
  3. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 17-36
  4. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 37-67
  5. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 69-86
  6. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 87-130
  7. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 131-145
  8. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 147-183
  9. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 185-206
  10. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 207-220
  11. Asher Flynn, Arie Freiberg
    Pages 221-228
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 229-277

About this book


Despite a popular view that trials are the focal point of the criminal justice process, in reality, the most frequent way a criminal matter resolves is not through a fiercely fought battle between state and defendant, but instead through a process of negotiation between the prosecution and defence, resulting in a defendant pleading guilty in exchange for agreed concessions from the prosecution. This book presents an original empirical case-study of plea negotiations drawing upon interviews with legal actors and an analysis of defence practitioner case files, to shine light on the processes and ways in which an agreed outcome is reached in criminal prosecutions, within the setting of a jurisdiction, like many others world-wide, which is suffering major shifts in state resources. Plea negotiations, also referred to as “plea bargaining”, “negotiated guilty pleas” and “negotiated resolutions” are neither an alloyed benefit nor a detriment for defendants, victims or the criminal justice system generally, and like all compromises, this book shows how the perfect “justice” outcome gives way to the good, or just the reasonably acceptable justice outcome. 

Asher Flynn is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Director of the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program, Monash University, Australia.

Arie Freiberg is Emeritus Professor at Monash University, Australia.


plea negotiation charge bargaining victims marginalised groups sentence negotiations socio-legal studies family violence sexual offence criminal justice non adversarial legal system courts prosecution trials

Authors and affiliations

  • Asher Flynn
    • 1
  • Arie Freiberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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