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    Policy and practice supporting lay participation

    Hunter, Gillian (2020) Policy and practice supporting lay participation. In: Jacobson, Jessica and Cooper, Penny (eds.) Participation in Courts and Tribunals: Concepts, Realities and Aspirations. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press. ISBN 9781529211290.

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    Chapter discusses the key policy and practice reforms in England and Wales over the past 20 years and their implications – both positive and negative – for participation by lay people in judicial proceedings. Through a narrative review of research and policy literature, and reflecting some current debates about access to justice, the national policy review sets the context for subsequent chapters. It provides a brief chronology of the introduction of various special measures for supporting court users and examines how professional practice is changing in response to guidance and advice about how lay participation can be better facilitated. It explores what existing research tells us about court users’ experiences of judicial proceedings, including the barriers they have faced in understanding and engaging with the judicial process. The chapter also reflects on the (potential) effects on court users of the government’s ongoing courts modernisation programme and the significantly reduced availability of publicly funded legal representation. Additionally, in light of the extraordinary circumstances that prevail as this volume was completed, some questions are posed about supporting lay participation in the courts at a time of pandemic lockdown.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Participation, Practice, Court User, Special Measures, Court Moderinisation
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Gill Hunter
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 10:06
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:00


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