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Ameliorating vulnerability arising from involvement with criminal courts


Henning, T, Ameliorating vulnerability arising from involvement with criminal courts, Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 2, (3) pp. 185-195. ISSN 2056-3841 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2016

DOI: doi:10.1108/JCRPP-10-2015-0046


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of major mechanisms instituted in Australia to ameliorate the experience of vulnerability arising as a corollary of involvement in Australian criminal courts as defendants, victims or witnesses of crime or family members/friends of such people.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper begins by providing an overview of two major categories of vulnerability within the criminal justice system generally experienced vulnerability arising as a corollary of involvement in Australian criminal courts and attribute-based vulnerability. It focusses on the former locating it within a human rights framework. It then outlines dominant responses to this form of vulnerability. Finally it considers the potential for the Court Network program to achieve a more integrated approach to ameliorating this form of vulnerability.

Findings The paper takes the view that major responses to systemic vulnerability in the criminal justice system fall short of adequately managing this form of vulnerability. It suggests that the Court Network model has the potential to address some lacunae in other responses and importantly to provide a gateway to them.

Originality/value It explores an aspect of vulnerability that is now infrequently addressed and considers one option to supply lacunae in other major responses that has not yet been brought into the scholarly discussion in any significant way.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:justice, treatment, offenders, victims, management, assessment, courts, training/professionalization
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Legal systems
Research Field:Access to justice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Henning, T (Associate Professor Terese Henning)
ID Code:112759
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2016-11-28
Last Modified:2017-10-27
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