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1 Crim. Just. 1 (1973)

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Our Criminal Justice Umbrella
                        See page 2

What's On Tap for the Annual Meeting
                        See page 3

State-by-state Box Score on Imple-
mentation of ABA Standards
                         See page 4

CLS  Federal Criminal Code Report
   Sent to Hill
                        See page 5

How  Do  You  Feel About the Death
                         See page 6

CLS Committees: An Active Year
                         See page 8

Our Debut
THIS  NEWSLETTER IS   the first issue
of what  will be a quarterly publica-
tion. It will be sent to all Criminal Law
Section members - both  regular and
law student - as well as to state and
local bar associations, ABA Judicial
Administration Division members, and
law schools. Through a regular news-
letter we hope to keep you up-to-date
on  what's news in the Section and in
the criminal law. We welcome  your
suggestions for material.

Keeping Up


   One  of  the biggest services the
 Section of Criminal Law performs is to
 monitor thousands of bills introduced
 at each session of the Congress. Each
 must be screened for criminal justice
 interest, and its potential for receiving
 serious action.
   The Staff Director maintains liaison
 with Senate and House Judiciary Com-
         continued on page 9

 Copyright @ 1973 American Bar Association

Approval Of Last Volume

Spurs Nationwide Implementation

Of ABA Standards

  At the ABA  Midyear Meeting, Feb-
ruary 1973, the House of Delegates
gave final approval to the 17th and
final volume of ABA  Standards for
Criminal Justice, thus ending the for-
mulation stage of a massive project
launched in 1964.
   Retired Supreme Court Associate
Justice Tom C. Clark hailed approval
of the Standards Relating to the Urban
Police Function as paving the way for
complete implementation of the Stan-
dards, for which the Section of Crim-
inal Law has had responsibility since
1968. Justice Clark has headed the
Section's  national implementation
committee from its inception.
   The Section has worked with state
and  local bar associations, judicial
groups, prosecutors, defense lawyers,
legislators, attorneys general and con-
cerned citizens to determine how to
tap the potential of the Standards for
attacking the ills of outmoded criminal
justice systems.
   ABA  Past President Leon Jaworski
has called implementation the great-
est challenge our profession has faced
in this century.
   The newly-approved Standards now
join the other 16 volumes in covering
every phase of  the criminal process
from arrest to post-conviction appeals.
   Every state has now  taken some
 steps toward   implementation, al-
 though some programs are in the early
 planning stages.
   As Chief Justice Warren Burger has
 pointed out, the Standards are not an
 all or nothing package. The Stan-
 dards, he said in a 1970 speech, are
 not intended as a model code; but
 they supply a  rich background of
 material from which sound and decent
 procedures can be developed.
   A   comparative analysis of the
 Standards with a state's law, rule and

practice is the first necessary step in
implementation. As of March 1973 -
   * 18 states have completed or sub-
stantially completed the analysis;
   * 12 more states have a compara-
tive study actively underway;
   * 7 states have a project in the
planning stages.
   The Section has provided matching
funds for 24 of these analyses, supple-
mented   by  state LEAA   planning
agency funds.
   Breakthroughs on several fronts at-
test to the momentum which the impl-
ementation program has been gaining.
   By  order of  the state supreme
court, effective February 1, 1973,
Florida became the first state to imple-
ment most of the Standards by formal
court rule. It is also the first of the
three  pilot implementation  states
picked  by the  Section in 1968 to
substantially complete the job.
   Section Council members Albert J.
 Datz and Chester Bedell of Jackson-
 ville, and Robert M. Ervin, of Talla-
 hassee, along with former  Section
 Chairman Louis B. Nichols, of Marco
 Island, were instrumental in launching
 the Florida program and shepherding it
 to its successful conclusion.

   Over 1,200 appellate courts includ-
 ing a number of major U.S. Supreme
 Court cases have now cited the ABA
 Standards; innumerable lower courts
 have done the same.

   The  ABA   Special Committee on
          continued   on  page   4

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