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This ebook reviews on examine which investigates the perceptions of ethnic minorities pertaining to their remedy within the legal courts. It examines the level to which ethnic minority defendants and witnesses in either the Crown courtroom and the magistrates' courts perceived their remedy to were unfair, whether or not they believed any unfairness to were the results of ethnic bias, and even if this had affected their self belief within the felony courts. The research, performed by way of the Oxford Centre for Criminological examine in organization with the collage of Birmingham for the Lord Chancellor's division, concerned observations of instances and interviews with greater than one thousand humans (defendants, witnesses, barristers, solicitors, judges, magistrates and others), and curious about courts in Manchester, Birmingham and London. a good listening to? Ethnic minorities within the felony courts starts by way of exhibiting how broadly held the idea has been that ethnic minorities are discriminated opposed to via the courts and via different companies within the legal justice method. It discusses the standards that contributed to this trust, together with the findings of the Macpherson record and the concept of 'institutional racism'. the most a part of the e-book then appears on the institutional environment within which the study came about, the event of defendants and witnesses, their perspectives approximately how they have been taken care of by means of the legal courts, and the perspectives of others all for the court docket method. ultimate chapters within the publication handle the difficulty of sensitivity to ethnicity at the a part of judges, magistrates and legal professionals. It indicates that attitudes and practices are looked as if it would have replaced for the higher and examines what extra has to be performed to extend the arrogance that participants of ethnic minorities have within the equity of the felony courts.

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These broke down as 93 in the Crown Court, 68 (73 per cent) of whom were from ethnic minorities; and 57 in the magistrates’ courts, 41 (72 per cent) of whom were from ethnic minorities. Altogether, 41 witnesses were white, 41 black, 64 Asian and 4 ‘other ethnicity’. Four out of five were witnesses for the prosecution. 67 There were 109 at Manchester Crown Square (30 per cent), 93 at Birmingham (26 per cent), 129 at Inner London (36 per cent), and 31 (9 per cent) at the ‘pilot’ Isleworth Crown Court.

68 There were 152 at Manchester (37 per cent), 147 at Birmingham (35 per cent), 89 (21 per cent) in South London (70 at Camberwell Green and 19 at Tower Bridge), and 28 (7 per cent) at the ‘pilot’ Uxbridge magistrates’ court. 5 per cent of Asian defendants). 69 The 171 black defendants in the Crown Court included 89 who described themselves as ‘Black Caribbean’; 41 as ‘Mixed Race’; 26 as ‘Black African’; and 15 as ‘Other Black background’. The 75 Asian defendants in the Crown Court included 40 who described themselves as ‘Pakistani Asian’; 21 as ‘Indian Asian’; 7 as ‘Bangladeshi Asian’; 4 as ‘Other Asian background’; and 3 as ‘Mixed Race’.

Just like the complaints made by the white defendants, the complaint may 35 A Fair Hearing? 2 Perceptions of unfair treatment in the court: magistrates’ courts (percentages rounded) Magistrates’ courts: defendants interviewed White Black Asian Total What unfair? 2 (1*) 26 ( ) *Percentage of total unfair treatment N:107. have been attributed to other vagaries of the system. Therefore, all minority ethnic defendants who said that they thought some aspect of their treatment in court had been unfair were specifically asked: ‘Do you think that what happened had anything to do with the fact that you are from an ethnic minority?

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