An accused's right to a speedy trial has deep roots in our Anglo- Saxon common law and is guaranteed by the Federal Constitution and most state constitutions. Traditionally, whether this right was violated was determined by a balancing test. Pennsylvania has, however, adopted a per se approach, and the author questions whether, in view of the interests the right is intended to protect, such a rule is necessary or wise.
Jacqueline M. Verney,
And the Saints Go Marching Out - Rule 1100: Pennsylvania's Implementation of the Right to a Speedy Trial,
Duq. L. Rev.
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