Juvenile waivers have become a very controversial issue within the criminal justice system. Under the waiver system, juveniles can be transferred to the adult court system technically as young as 7 years of age. Once in the adult court system, juveniles can receive punishments up to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP). With the ruling in Roper v. Simmons (2005), many juveniles who previously would have received the death penalty are now being sentenced to LWOP and will be incarcerated for 60 to 70 years in many cases. With a growing movement to rehabilitate juveniles and a growing interest in restorative justice, do you believe that juveniles should be provided rehabilitation and/or potentially reduced sentences for their crimes? Explain your answer.
Topic 2: Weekly Research DiscussionResearch and locate a news article or op-ed that addresses an issue you believe is relevant to the unit. This resource must address a critical or controversial issue. Please post the article and indicate why it is indeed a critical or controversial issue.
A request for a legal opinion will usually come in written form. Such a request will usually include any documents in the case. The request for a legal opinion will include at least one and usually a number of questions which the legal advisor is being asked to address. For a barrister an instruction to provide a legal opinion will come from a solicitor so any response will be written with the solicitor in mind as the reader, but the solicitor will have requested the legal opinion in order to advise the client and therefore the client must be borne in mind as well. The client will want to know for example not “will liability be established?”, but “will I get any money out of this and if so how much?” A legal opinion will often have the over arching question of does the client have a good and viable case. This is clearly the most important question to any client and must be approached with honesty and directness. If the client’s case is not viable they must be advised of this in the course of the legal opinion, if there is something which can be done to improve the client’s prospects of success, a good legal opinion will spell this out very precisely. Numbered action points are one way of achieving clarity in this regard. Above all it is vital to remember that in being asked to draft a legal opinion, you are being asked to advise. Sitting on the fence is not an option. Lay out the pros and cons of a particular course of action, but always come down on one side or the other.. Giving a percentage chance of success at the beginning of a legal opinion is one way of being clear about what you think the client’s prospects are. Drafting a legal opinion can and should always be split into two processes: The thinking process and the writing process. The Thinking Process>GET ANSWER Let’s block ads! (Why?)