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Can Time Run Out for Justice?

17th November 2014, 8pm BBC Radio 4

How long can justice wait? Former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC explores the relationship between justice and the passing of time, a troubling relationship for the criminal justice system and its proper role in the community: legal, moral and psychological. Is there a point where a crime is so far in the past that a line must be drawn; that victims must let go (not least for the sake of fair trial) and society move on, or are some wrongs so serious that there should be no time limit to justice at all? In which case, is there a dangr that justice becomes fixated on the past, a force only for resentment and retribution?

In this feature Keir Starmer draws together legal and philosophical discussion with a cast of contributors including the philosopher Michael Sandel, Doreen Lawrence and Eli Rosenbaum, described by one historian as 'the world's most successful Nazi hunter'.

Presenter: Keir Starmer

Producer: Simon Hollis

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