The Warren Court and Criminal Procedure

On October 5, 1953, Earl Warren became Chief Justice of the United States. During the fifteen years of his tenure as Chief Justice, fundamental changes in criminal procedure have resulted· from decisions of what is popularly called “the Warren Court.” There may be a legitimate difference of opinion whether these changes constitute a “criminal law revolution” or merely an orderly evolution toward the application of civilized standards to the trial of persons accused of crime. Whatever the characterization, however, there can be little doubt that the developments of the past fifteen years have unalterably changed the course of .the administration of criminal justice in America.