(tyvesi C/oX Z7 QUEST CLUB
-^ March 9, 1928.
CRIME AMD THE REIATIOH OF POHJIAR ELECTION
OF JUDGES TC JUDICIAL I3MEFFICIENCY MD
THE BREAK-DOWN OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
by 0. N. HEAT PIT.
Has there been a "break-down in the administration of criminal justice? Are judges inefficient? The subject assigned for
our discussion today by the Quest Club Committee assumes the
affirmative to be true. 1 dislike to accept such a conclusion as
the truth but the public mind believes there has been a failure in
the administration of criminal justice and that our judges are at
fault. The subject is worthy of our» consideration.
The membership of this club is composed largely of business
executives. Brevity of words ,'positiveness of manner and directness
of action are qualities of a business man. He courageously meets
the problems and goes through if he can. if he must go around he
hires a lawyer to show him the way. it would be fitting and common in addressing you to present facts and figures and demonstrat
conclusions with mathematical precision but scientific research
and economic surveys do not give us statistics to show a compara-<
tive quality of judicial efficiency or its relation to the ad- CSSLmZ
ministration of criminal justice.
We have ugly facts about crimes and the administration off"*^353™
criminal justice. We should not sweep them under our beds with
the thought of no personal concern or responsibility. What ther
is vf weakness, inefficiency or failure in the procedure is in
part the failure of Hie business man to give the subject his aid
in the reform of proceedings and the strengthening of execution.
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