Code of Criminal Procedure records
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At the request of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, in March 1925, the American Law Institute (ALI) started the Code of Criminal Procedure project. The resulting volume attempted to provide a framework for effective administration of criminal law while maintaining protection for the rights of the accused. William Mikell and Edwin Keedy served as co-reporters. The Code of Criminal Procedure was adopted by the American Law Institute in June 1930. The ALI spent many years following its endorsement trying to get states to adopt the code.
The Code of Criminal Procedure Records, circa 1925-1959, include drafts, correspondence, minutes, and other materials related to the drafting of the code, which outlined procedures for carrying out criminal law and defined the rights of the accused in areas such as arrest, bail, and execution.
First shipment received from the American Law Institute in 1995.
An item-level container list is available offline in spreadsheet form.
Preliminary container list prepared by Melissa Backes, 1995-2005.
Reprocessed by Amanda Curylo, November 2007.
Encoded by Jordon Steele, May 2008.
- American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology
- Association of American Law Schools
- American Bar Association
- University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library
- Finding Aid Author
- Jordon Steele
- Finding Aid Date
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Throughout this collection, researchers should note the following abbreviations when examining the collection: "PD" stands for Preliminary Draft "TD" stands for Tentative Draft "CD" stands for Council Draft