“F**k this game…I’m off”: financial and emotional factors in declining legal representation in miscarriage of justice cases

Clarke, Amy and Welsh, Lucy (2022) “F**k this game…I’m off”: financial and emotional factors in declining legal representation in miscarriage of justice cases. Journal of Law and Society. ISSN 0263-323X (Accepted)

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Abstract

In this article we use interview data produced with 45 criminal defence lawyers to examine the reasons behind a decline in publicly funded representation in applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). In doing so, we pay particular attention to the relative significance of financial and emotional factors. Our analysis finds that financial factors related to changes to legal aid are significant drivers of a decline in publicly funded representation, but that the financial unviability of CCRC work is also compounded by emotional factors. These include a sense of insecurity, low levels of satisfaction, and a perceived lack of recognition and appreciation, symbolised by low levels of remuneration and exacerbated by poor relationships with external parties. Emotional factors thus combine with financial factors to reduce the supply of publicly funded advice and deter junior lawyers from specialising in this niche area of practice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: legal aid, criminal defence, appeal lawyers, criminal cases review commission, morale
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 12 May 2022 06:58
Last Modified: 12 May 2022 07:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/105868

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