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NCJ Number: 62822 Find in a Library
Title: STATUS PASSAGE ANALYSIS OF THE DEFENDANT'S PROGRESS THROUGH THE MAGISTRATES' COURT
Journal: LAW AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(1978)  Pages:183-221
Author(s): M KING
Corporate Author: Plenum Publishing Corp
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 39
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Publishing Corp
New York, NY 10013-1576
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE STATUS PASSAGE THEORY OF GLASER AND STRAUSS IS USED TO ANALYZE SYSTEMATICALLY THE METHOD BY WHICH BRITISH MAGISTRATES COURTS DEAL WITH DEFENDANTS.
Abstract: THE ARTICLE IDENTIFIES THE FEATURES IN THE COURTROOM AND PRECOURTROOM PROCESSES AND THE ATTITUDES OF THE COURTROOM PROFESSIONALS THAT SUPPORT THE VIEW THAT THE SOCIAL DEGRADATION OF OFFENDERS IS AN IMPLICIT OBJECTIVE OF MAGISTRATES' COURT. SYMBOLS OF DEGRADATION THAT ACCOMPANY A DEFENDANT'S APPEARANCE IN SUCH COURTS ARE THE PROMINENCE OF THE DOCK, ISOLATION FROM OTHER COURTROOM PARTICIPANTS, THE COURTROOM'S FORMAL LANGUAGE, THE HOMILIES AND MORALIZATIONS FROM THE BENCH, AND PRESS EXPOSURE. ALSO DEGRADING ARE THE DELAYS, INCONVENIENCES, AND DISRUPTIONS IN THE DEFENDANT'S LIFE BY COURT PROCESSES AS WELL AS CONTROL OF THE CASE BY COURTROOM PROFESSIONALS. THUS, THERE IS LITTLE TO SUPPORT IDEALIZED NOTIONS OF ENGLISH JUSTICE IN THE LOWER COURTS. IN COMPARISON WITH THE LOWER CRIMINAL COURTS IN AMERICA, THE STATUS PASSAGE ASPECTS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS CONFIRM THAT THE ENGLISH SYSTEM RELIES MUCH MORE UPON TECHNIQUES OF DEGRADATION THAN ITS AMERICAN COUNTERPART. REFERENCES ARE CITED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Court management; Court personnel; Court system; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Magistrates
Note: REVISED VERSION OF THE AUTHOR'S THESIS
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