At the Office: Getting the Client's Story

Mike McConville, Jacqueline Hodgson, Lee Bridges and Anita Pavlovic

in Standing Accused

Published in print February 1994 | ISBN: 9780198258681
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681851 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

At the Office: Getting the Client's Story

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This chapter discusses the client's story in the solicitor's office. The extent to which they are used to construct a case for the defence or to settle a plea, the detailed scrutiny given to the account of the client, and the meaning of the relationships that are established in these settings between clients and solicitors and their staff are explored. It is shown that legally aided clients are taught that the criminal justice system operates a clear hierarchy of credibility, the bottom rung of which they occupy. Defendants' cases often collapse in on themselves through a process in which their own adviser convinces them that it is pointless to continue with their case, whatever it is.

Keywords: client; solicitor; office; criminal defence; criminal justice system; defendants

Chapter.  15593 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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