Parliament | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction / Comparative CJ

In the comparative criminal justice context, Parliament refers to the legislative body of a country or jurisdiction that is responsible for enacting laws and policies related to the criminal justice system.

Parliament is typically composed of elected representatives who are tasked with representing the interests of their constituents and promoting the common good.

Parliament’s specific powers and responsibilities can vary depending on the country or jurisdiction but typically include the ability to propose, debate, and vote on laws related to criminal justice, including laws related to criminal offenses, criminal procedure, and punishment. Parliament may also have the power to create or oversee agencies responsible for enforcing criminal laws and to approve budgets for the criminal justice system.

In many countries, Parliament plays a key role in shaping the criminal justice system and ensuring that it reflects the values and priorities of the broader society. This can involve debating and voting on controversial issues related to criminal justice, such as the use of capital punishment, the treatment of prisoners, or the use of police force.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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