Journal Article

‘A MICROCOSM OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY’?

JAMES DIGNAN and ARNOLD WYNNE

in The British Journal of Criminology

Published on behalf of Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (formerly ISTD)

Volume 37, issue 2, pages 184-197
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 0007-0955
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1464-3529 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjc.a014154
‘A MICROCOSM OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY’?

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This paper presents the findings of an investigation into the social and political composition of a Bench of magistrates in the north midlands of England. These are related to various models of lay justice that are described in the literature, and conclusions are drawn about the extent to which the ideals professed by supporters of the present system of lay justice are achieved in reality. The policy implications arising from the study are considered, and suggestions are made for refocusing and hopefully reinvigorating the terms of the ongoing debate regarding the composition and functions of the lay magistracy

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Subjects: Criminology

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