Advantages and disadvantages in the adversarial system?

Question by Deshani Fernando: Advantages and disadvantages in the adversarial system?
I need to know the advantages and disadvantages of adversarial system and where this is currently used?

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The adversarial system is used in most countries throughout the world and the only way to provide any semblance of fairness in the judicial system as opposed to the inquisitorial system where there is not a semblance of fairness.

In Anglo-American law, the principal method of offering evidence in court. It requires the opposing sides to present pertinent information and to introduce and cross-examine witnesses before a jury and/or a judge. Each side must conduct its own investigation. In criminal proceedings, the prosecution represents the government and has at its disposal the police department with its investigators and laboratories; the defense must arrange and pay for its own investigation. (Legal aid is available for the poor.) In civil (noncriminal) proceedings the adversary system works similarly, except that both sides engage private attorneys to prepare their cases. Skillful questioning often produces testimony that can be interpreted in various ways; in cross-examination, lawyers seek to alter the jury‘s initial perception of the testimony.

Adversarial system
The adversarial system (or adversary system ) of law is the system of law, generally adopted in common law countries, that relies on the skill of each advocate representing his or her party’s positions and involves an impartial person, usually a jury, trying to determine the truth of the case.

As opposed to that, the inquisitorial system usually found on the continent of Europe among civil law systems (i.e., those deriving from Roman law or the Napoleonic Code) has a judge (or a group of judges who work together) whose task is to investigate the case.

The adversarial system is the two-sided structure under which criminal trial courts operate that pits the prosecution against the defense. Justice is done when the most effective adversary is able to convince the judge or jury that his or her perspective on the case is the correct one. }{

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