In a world where the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through some means other than the popularly depicted criminal trial, it is fundamental to a comprehensive understanding of comparative criminal procedure to study and appreciate the different mechanisms for criminal case resolution in different nations. This Article developed through a series of conversations (and ultimately a panel discussion) between six international criminal justice professionals —practicing attorneys, scholars, and judges—regarding the nature and effects of plea bargaining (and its comparative substitutes) in their respective countries. Providing a comparative look at differentmechanisms for criminal case resolution, this Article examines the applicable practices and procedures in the common law nations of Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States.

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57 William & Mary Law Review 1147-1224 (2016)