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Speedy Trial Act (1974)

Definition - What does Speedy Trial Act (1974) mean?

The Speedy Trial Act of 1974 is a law that declares that a criminal defendant has to be brought to trial within 70 days of their first appearance in court or indictment. This law is intended to prevent criminal defendants from having to wait for very long periods of time before having an opportunity to defend themselves.

Justipedia explains Speedy Trial Act (1974)

The right to a speedy trial is part of the due process clause in the U.S. Constitution. The Speedy Trial Act of 1974 simply put a time frame on what constitutes a "speedy trial."

Prosecuting criminal defendants is beneficial for the courts, the defendant and the victims of the crime. This is because it helps the court move on to the next trial faster, and it helps the defendant and the victims get justice faster.

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