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Title: Review of Stephen Shute, Roger Hood, and Florence Seemungal (eds), 'A Fair Hearing? Ethnic minorities in the Criminal Courts' (Devon: Willan Publishing, 2005) pp i-ix, 1-160. ISBN: 1 84392 08 0.
Contributor(s): Al-Feel, AA (author)
Publication Date: 2006
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This book is based on questionnaire research which investigated the experiences of ethnic minority, as well as white, defendants and witnesses in the English criminal courts between 2000 and 2002. It examines in particular the extent to which black and Asian people who had appeared in both the Crown Court and the Magistrates' Courts perceived their treatment to have been unfair; whether they believed any unfairness to have been the result of ethnic bias; and whether this had affected their confidence in the criminal courts of England. The research on which this monograph is based is concerned with such perceptions and beliefs held by minority ethnic citizens who have come into contact with the criminal courts. It is the first large-scale study in Britain to have concentrated on how minority ethnic defendants and witnesses experienced their treatment, as compared with white defendants and witnesses. It raises the question of the extent to which those members of ethnic minorities who felt they were not treated fairly and with equal respect by the criminal courts believed that this was due to discriminatory treatment based on their race, colour or culture.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: University of New England Law Journal, 3(1), p. 97-100
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 1449-2199
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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