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Lay people in court: the experience of defendants, eyewitnesses and victims
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Lay people in court: the experience of defendants, eyewitnesses and victims

Author: Nigel G Fielding Affiliation: Department of Sociology, University of Surrey
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:The British Journal of Sociology, v64 n2 (June 2013): 287-307
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The article considers the effect of criminal trial procedures on the experience at court of victims, witnesses and defendants. Trials for offences involving physical violence were observed, and interviews conducted with those involved. The article highlights communication problems lay people encountered relating to courtroom conventions, discusses alternative procedures granting more room for narrative testimony,  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel G Fielding Affiliation: Department of Sociology, University of Surrey
ISSN:0007-1315
DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12018
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5164019157
Notes: (Corresponding author email: n.fielding@surrey.ac.uk)
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Other Titles: Lay people in court
Responsibility: Nigel G. Fielding

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The article considers the effect of criminal trial procedures on the experience at court of victims, witnesses and defendants. Trials for offences involving physical violence were observed, and interviews conducted with those involved. The article highlights communication problems lay people encountered relating to courtroom conventions, discusses alternative procedures granting more room for narrative testimony, and draws parallels between such an approach and principles of research methods directed to securing valid, reliable data.
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