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    Witnessing (dis)engagement: a framework for examining legitimacy in the criminal courts

    Kirby, Amy (2023) Witnessing (dis)engagement: a framework for examining legitimacy in the criminal courts. British Journal of Criminology , ISSN 0007-0955.

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    Abstract

    This paper examines legitimacy in the criminal courts from the perspective of witnesses, an under-researched setting and participant group. Based on interviews with witnesses and observations of court proceedings, the paper provides a framework for examining how witnesses engage with the courts, arguing that ‘engagement’ can be used as a lens through which to understand legitimacy. The findings suggest that witnesses often display weak levels of engagement with the court process, which is indicative of strain in the ongoing legitimacy ‘dialogue’ (Bottoms and Tankebe, 2012) between citizens and the state. The implications of this are explored.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Amy Kirby
    Date Deposited: 02 May 2023 12:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:21
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/51137

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