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Anti-social behaviour, community engagement and the judicial role in England and Wales.

Donoghue, Jane C.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2012) British Journal of Criminology. 52(3):591-610.

A problem-solving approach to anti-social behaviour (ASB) cases has recently been embedded into magistrates’
courts in England and Wales. This approach incorporates core components of the AntiSocial Behaviour
Response Court (ASBRC) model and is underpinned by principles of community justice. This article summarizes
some of the main findings of an 18-month ESRC-funded study that investigated how far the ASBRC model has
been absorbed into mainstream courts in England and Wales. This research suggests that courts have not embedded
community justice principles, nor have they altered their focus to incorporate a significant degree of liaison
with the community. The article concludes with some observations on the implications of the findings for
the development and enhancement of community engagement and community justice principles. (author’s abstract)


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