University of Hertfordshire

Without fear or favour, prejudice of ill will: magistrates sentencing decisions

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Psychology, concepts, debates and practice
EditorsJoanna R. Adler, Jacqueline M. Gray
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherWillan Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781843924142
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Over 90% of all criminal matters in England and Wales are dealt with in the magistrates' courts. This chapter focuses on how magistrates make sentencing decisions, from guidance through to process and outcome. It introduces the magistracy and summarises its role in the judicial system. It includes a review of previous empirical work and present novel research assessing how magistrates approach their sentencing task.

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