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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice (4th edn)

Andrew Sanders, Richard Young, and Mandy Burton
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date: 03 October 2022

9. Summary justice in the magistrates’ courtlocked

9. Summary justice in the magistrates’ courtlocked

  • Andrew Sanders, Andrew SandersProfessor of Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Birmingham
  • Richard YoungRichard YoungProfessor of Law and Policy Research, University of Bristol
  •  and Mandy BurtonMandy BurtonProfessor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Leicester


This chapter focuses on the magistrates' courts. It discusses the importance of the magistracy; the involvement (and funding) of lawyers in summary justice; significant pre-trial decisions (including bail and mode of trial); how magistrates and their advisers measure up to the crime control/due process models of criminal justice; and the future of summary justice (including the impact of managerialist and ‘victim rights’ reforms).

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