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The Differences and Similarities Between the Adversarial and Inquisitorial Legal Systems

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This essay responds to the question: compare and contrast the adversarial system and the Inquisitorial system.

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Use specific examples to illustrate the similarities and differences. The objective of any legal system, whether Inquisitorial or Adversarial is to impartially resolve disputes that oppose the law and impose appropriate compensation or sanctions depending on the nature of the case, promoting a harmonious and just society. The methods through which this similar goal is achieved varies between the two systems for a number of reasons with unique implications. The Adversarial System is derived from an English system of law and utilised in countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia for both criminal and civil matters. The procedures of this system are generated by the fundamental law that the defendant/accused is innocent until proven guilty by arguments and evidence of the opposing side, active prosecutors and lawyers, ...
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