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This is a modest book, actually a preliminary to a truly comparative study of Scottish and French criminal procedure: the reader is offered a parallel description of the two systems, along with basic information about the various categories of institutional personnel involved in the administration of criminal justice in the respective two countries. Comparative law requires more than this parallel presentation. If a book-keeping metaphor is permitted, compiling credits and debits will not do. There must also be a balancing of accounts. It is for this reason that the book's subtitle, "a comparative study," makes a false promise.

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