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Sentencing in the Children's Court: an ethnographic perspective


Travers, MH, Sentencing in the Children's Court: an ethnographic perspective, Youth Justice, 7, (1) pp. 21-35. ISSN 1473-2254 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1473225406074817


This paper presents findings from an ethnographic study, based on observing hearings and interviewing practitioners in the Youth Justice Division of the Magistrates' Court in Hobart, Tasmania. Although there is a large academic literature by jurists on the philosophical principles, and social scientists on the attitudinal and institutional factors shaping court decisions, there have been few studies that examine what actually happens in the courtroom. This paper argues that much can be learnt about the collaborative nature of judicial work, the administrative side of decision-making (neglected by most studies) and the welfare values informing work in this court, through examining sentencing hearings.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:children’s courts, ethnography, sentencing, youth justice
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Professions and professionalisation
UTAS Author:Travers, MH (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:44242
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-28
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