Module-Sentencing In The mischief of plea bargaining and sentencing rewards  Crim LR 895-910, Penny Darbyshire sets out a number of objections to the practice of giving a discount in sentence to a defendant who pleads guilty.
Using legal sources responsibly
It is acceptable to quote from a learned book or article, or a statute or law report, in your coursework. When you do this, state clearly that you are doing so. Put a reference to the original source in a footnote, for example; give a page or paragraph number. You might indent the relevant text to show it is a quote from someone else, or set it in quotation marks. You should also attach a bibliography of sources that you have used and/or referred to in researching the coursework.
The bulk of the coursework should be your own work and thoughts in any event. To refer to the assessment criteria for coursework, your work should:
? be based on your sound understanding and application of the relevant law
? set out your conclusions clearly and prominently
? explains the conclusions you have reached
? be based on your sound and practical analysis of the relevant law and practice, and the issues raised by the question
? be justified by your own sound reasoning
? demonstrate your critical analysis and evaluation of the sources used.
Merely quoting large extracts from other sources will not satisfy these criteria.