Convened by Dr Samantha Fairclough, this group provides a forum for the many criminal justice researchers of the School to exchange ideas and receive feedback on their papers.
We are a diverse group including members with an interest in particular groups or processes:
- Samantha Fairclough has undertaken socio-legal research into the vulnerable in Crown Courts, Laura Ford is researching death-penalty related issues, Theresa Lynch specialises in anti-social behaviour orders and Emma Oakley’s interest pertains to practitioner decision-making.
And other work within the Group focuses more upon the interaction of criminal justice and other factors:
- Ben Warwick focuses upon social and economic rights.
- Richard Young has written on a large number of features of the criminal process, with policing, victimisation and legal aid particular foci. John Baldwin similarly has an extensive body of work with prosecution processes, plea negotiation and police interrogation forming major parts.
The members whose work is described under the multi-level criminal justice group also belong to this group.
The Group meets three times a semester.
The discussion group also welcomes proposals for papers from external academics and practitioners working broadly in these areas. For more information contact Dr Samantha Fairclough.
- S. Fairclough, ‘“It doesn’t happen ... and I’ve never thought it was necessary for it to happen”: Barriers to vulnerable defendants giving evidence by live link in Crown Court trials’ (2017) 21(3) International Journal of Evidence and Proof 209
- S. Fairclough and I. Jones, ‘The Victim in Court’ in S. Walklate (ed.) Victims and Victimology (2nd edn., Routledge 2017) 211-228
- S. Fairclough, ‘The Vulnerable in Court: The Use of Live Link and Screens’ (2017) Birmingham Law School Research Spotlight, University of Birmingham
- S. Fairclough, ‘Speaking up for Injustice: Reconsidering the provision of special measures through the lens of equality’ (2018) Criminal Law Review (forthcoming)