Technologies of bureaucracy, standardisation and defendant marginalisation in summary criminal proceedings

Welsh, Lucy (2017) Technologies of bureaucracy, standardisation and defendant marginalisation in summary criminal proceedings. In: Law and Society Association International Meeting, 20-23 June 2017, Mexico City, Mexico.

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Abstract

Since the 1980s, successive governments have become increasingly distrustful of professional judgment in those services which remain funded by the state, including the criminal justice system. Against this background governments sought to increase efficiency in summary criminal courts. One way that this seems to have occurred is via the use of standardised forms in case progression. During 2013, I conducted empirical research in which the reliance placed on standardised case management forms became apparent. As a result of that research, I argue that, while such documents may have increased the speed at which cases progress, they have the (unintended) consequence of marginalising defendant participation and limiting the types of legal issue that are litigated. As such, access to justice becomes limited to only those issues that the court is prepared to make time to consider.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Lucy Welsh
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 15:12
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 15:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69045

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