Transforming summary justice: Modernisation in the lower criminal courts

Ward, Jennifer ORCID logoORCID: (2016) Transforming summary justice: Modernisation in the lower criminal courts. Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice . Routledge, London and New York. ISBN 9781138846739, pbk-ISBN 9780367226091, e-ISBN 9781315727288. [Book] (doi:10.4324/9781315727288)


Sweeping changes are being introduced into the lower tier magistrates’ courts in England and Wales in efforts to ‘modernise’ and speed up the system. But these transformations are fundamentally changing the way justice is delivered. This book analyses criminal court streamlining processes, and argues there are areas where ‘procedural due process’ is at risk of being undermined.

Transforming Summary Justice reports empirical research with ‘lay’ magistrates, whose day-to-day work interacts with these changes. Views and experiences drawn from magistrates are valuable because of the central role they perform in lower court justice. Further, magistrates provide a wider understanding of the context in which the lower criminal courts operate, and enable a critical appraisal of this unique style of ‘lay justice’.

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Additional Information: Hardback published November 2, 2016; Paperback published February 4, 2019
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology > Centre for Criminological and Social Research (CSRC)
Item ID: 20919
Notes on copyright: © 2017 – Routledge
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Depositing User: Jenni Ward
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 11:07
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2022 09:34

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