Standardization and the Production of Justice in Summary Criminal Courts: A Post-Human Analysis

Welsh, L and Howard, M 2018. Standardization and the Production of Justice in Summary Criminal Courts: A Post-Human Analysis. Social & Legal Studies. 28 (6), pp. 774-793. doi:10.1177/0964663918792725

TitleStandardization and the Production of Justice in Summary Criminal Courts: A Post-Human Analysis
TypeJournal article
AuthorsWelsh, L and Howard, M
Abstract

Since the 1980s, successive governments have become increasingly distrustful of professional judgment in those services which remain funded by the state, including the criminal justice system. Against this background, governments sought to increase efficiency in summary criminal courts. One way that this seems to have occurred is via the use of standardized forms in case progression. During 2013, Welsh conducted empirical research in which the reliance placed on standardized case management forms became apparent. We argue, drawing on post-humanist vocabularies to inform our analytic framework, that such documents may have shifted the temporality of summary criminal justice, which has the (perhaps unintended) consequence of (further) marginalizing defendant participation and limiting the types of legal issue that are litigated. These documents and processes, therefore, participate in the development of a particularized, and temporally situated, form of ‘justice’.

KeywordsCase management forms; criminal justice; magistrates’ courts; neoliberalism; posthumanism
JournalSocial & Legal Studies
Journal citation28 (6), pp. 774-793
ISSN1461-7390
Year2019
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0964663918792725
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0964663918792725
Publication dates
Published in printDec 2019
Published online13 Aug 2018

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