Access to Criminal Justice: Changing Legal Aid Decision-Making in the Lower Courts

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter examines the changing contours of legal aid decision-making in the lower criminal courts of England and Wales over the past 50 years. The story emphasises the value of repeated engagement with a particular issue in charting and attempting to bring about change, and illustrates the shifting sands of the research enterprise. The processes of securing funding and obtaining research access to the institutions of criminal justice have undergone significant reshaping in recent times. A further key development is the sharpening imperative to demonstrate the impact of research on the world beyond the academy. Legal aid research exemplifies the difficulties and contingencies involved in achieving this.
This, then, is a story not just about the evolving dynamics of how defendants gain access to legal aid funding, but also of how academics gain access to, and struggle to influence, a criminal justice system itself in constant flux.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Changing Contours of Criminal Justice
EditorsMary Bosworth, Carolyn Hoyle, Lucia Zedner
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198783237
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


Dive into the research topics of 'Access to Criminal Justice: Changing Legal Aid Decision-Making in the Lower Courts'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this