Three key focal points – albeit interlinked – underline the aim of this book to assess the influence of race/ethnicity in the practices of adult criminal courts towards minority ethnic persons who come before them. One, it explores perceptions of fair and unfair treatment in criminal courts practices with regard to court proceedings and case outcomes. Two, its exploration of ‘perceptions’ draws upon a wide range of perspectives: defendants, witnesses, court staff, lawyers, magistrates and judges. Three, it relies upon both qualitative and quantitative data to contextualise the concept of ‘perception’ as observed across the range of perspectives.

Whilst the general line of inquiry adopted in this book is not unprecedented (see Smellie and Crow 1991), it however stands out for...

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