Why Plagiarism Undermines Criminal Justice/ Security Management
Plagiarism is the act of taking the role of another person behind an idea. It is also described as the deliberate or fortuitous taking of others effort and thoughts exclusive of sufficient tribute and documenting (Plagiarism Revised, 2015). Plagiarism is a contravention of ethics. This study reviews how plagiarism destabilizes criminal justice and security management.
Criminal justice is a sensitive area in the lives of the individuals. This is because of the elements of trust and the honesty required. Most of the people depend on the judicial system for judgment. Moreover, the judicial system is mostly expected to remain true and unbiased in judgment. In building trust in people, there are elements, which are mostly essential. For instance, there is usually a requirement to remain true despite, rational, honest, and fair. Plagiarism on the other hand is against the elements of respect, honesty, and integrity. Therefore, plagiarism in the criminal justice is a disservice to the public.
Acts of Plagiarism
Plagiarism is an act of stealing. This is unethical especially in the criminal system as criminals are to be judged and represented by honest people. It is unwise in the management of security to participate in these acts. This is because the participants have little to learn and can be severely punished. Plagiarism is essence involves stealing of images, sounds, ideas and words (Lincoln, 2015). Plagiarism can be intentional, or through careless. In this case, most of the lawyers and judges who have been found to commit these acts have intentionally assumed other people’s work without proper acknowledgement. Intentionally, these law servers have copied materials from the internet without citing the source. Some have cut and pasted litigations without acknowledgements while others have paraphrased and applied synonyms of previous case studies. Lawyers and judges have ended up jeopardizing their careers and reputations through these acts. In addition, the participants have greatly cheated themselves by enjoying payment of what they barely worked for. It is essential for the law enhancers to ensure they give credit to people due their acknowledgement.
Plagiarism as an Ethical Offense
Plagiarism is perceived to be unethical in the Judiciary sector. Lawyers are at risk of being disciplined in case they are found to have participated in plagiarism acts. This is because lawyers are expected to exercise high levels of honesty and integrity, which is contrary to the act. Plagiarism is related to fraud, dishonesty, and deceit. These are vices against the ethics. These actions guide the law students. They are expected to uphold integrity in their academic works, in briefs and pleadings. Contrary actions to the ethics can result to the student being labeled and denounced from the academics. The basis of being labeled is on the legal and factual values. There is need for the lawyers to remain competent all through their sessions.
Plagiarism is shunned in the criminal justice system so that originality of work can be encouraged and upheld. Originality is essential in determining the quality of work presented in the court of justice. Copying somebody’s work without due credit is deemed as a cardinal sin. Lawyers in cases of copying books and articles from other writers are expected to request for permission. In addition, there are books and other materials, which have been openly allowed for public consumption without prior requests. Thus, the tradition of misrepresentation by copying other lawyers is proof of absence of originality, which is contrary to the conduct of the lawyers.
In addition to this, lawyers are expected to show quality in their cases and their presentations (Lincoln, 2015). This assists the court and the public in verifying the competency of the lawyers. There are cases where lawyers have been tempted to proof their prowess by assuming the authorship of books and other court cases. Most of the times, judges come to find out. This is because every lawyer is unique in his or her presentations. They also have their flaws, which are unique in every court case. In such cases, these lawyers have lost the opportunity of proving their honesty and prowess. Instead, they have mostly been judged and condemned as dishonest. The public has often times lost the trust in such lawyers. This is because of the level of trust and honesty the judicial system, is expected to exercise. These are virtues also expected of judges. Upholding of the ethical standards is a sign of the commitment by the participants to the legal and factual contents.
Rather than focusing on the originality, it is advisable that the lawyers focus on the quality of the work presented. This is because quality assists in serving the function of the litigation. By filing and signing the litigations, lawyers and judges validate the work presented. It is therefore a breach of legal merits for the lawyer to sign a plagiarized work in relation to the true copy of the proceedings. The present law further dictates that the lawyers perform the legal merits of the filing (Joy & McMunigal 2011). Moreover, factual merits of the law such as factual contentions and allegations offer evidentiary sustenance to the legal merits. They should therefore not be assumed the actual merits for filing of litigations.
Lawyers are expected to be fair and not assume sides (Joy & McMunigal 2011). This is however assumed in situations where there are basis in the law and the reality in doing this is not perky. Lawyers are expected to carry out extensive research and investigations in given cases. Therefore, a lawyer copying and pasting other people’s work expects sufficient proof that they have not carried out their duties as. This raises sufficient concern over the lawyer’s ability in representing a suspect in court. A competent lawyer is expected to adequately prepare, carry out research on the facts related to a given case. Copying and pasting is perceived as improper and a violation of ethics.
Plagiarism is the act of assuming authorship of an idea, or works (Lincoln, 2015). Plagiarism calls for giving of credit to documents and works by other people. In criminal justice, there are work ethics, which guide the public. Thus, plagiarism and this system can never be credited as they apply contradicting elements such as trust and the honesty. From the study, plagiarism is a breach of ethics. This is because plagiarism destabilizes criminal justice and security management. The criminal justice is one of the most sensitive areas in the human life. Lawyers are often times expected to present original and quality work. Lawyers who remain true to their call, show originality, and deemed to be perceive as more competent to those who present highly quality work, which may be higher or lower to their standards.
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Lincoln Memorial University. Criminal Justice Resources. 2015, January 28
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