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Mode of Trial and the Influence of Local Justice

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A research study of three magistrates' courts reveals significant variations in their committal rates. It is argued that individual court cultures which have evolved as a consequence of an implicit belief in the concept of local justice provide the prime explanation for these differences. Local cultures generate a shared understanding of decision-making patterns so that magistrates are rarely faced with genuinely contested venue applications.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: PhD, University of Leicester

Publication date: February 1, 2004

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