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South Australia Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice (SAJJ-CJ) Research on Conferencing and Sentencing. Technical Report No. 3: Archival Study of Sexual Offence Cases Disposed of in Youth Court and by Conference and Formal Caution

Daly, Kathleen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University. Downloaded 20 May 2004.

SAJJ-CJ technical report no. 3 describes the documents gathered and how they were prepared for analysis in the archival study. Part I gives the study’s background and context, situating it in feminist debates on the appropriateness of restorative justice in cases of sexual assault and domestic or family violence. Part II details the data collection and coding of the sexual offence cases dataset, describing the temporal context, sampling frame, data gathered, and creation of the variables and codebook. Part III describes how the criminal histories dataset was assembled, and Part IV reflects on the research process. Several Appendices provide further documentation on the administrative and legal contexts of youth justice cases, definitions of offences, variable construction, and offence classification. How research actually gets done, including the constraints and opportunities in the research process, are rarely described in the literature. Research students, in particular, are hungry to learn about the ‘doing’ of research, but the research record largely reflects the ‘reconstructed logic’ of the research enterprise, rather than its ‘logic in use’ (Kaplan 1964). Our aim in Report No. 3 is to foreground the ‘logic in use’ in the SAJJ-CJ archival study, to show the problems we encountered and how we resolved them, and to make a methodological contribution to research on restorative justice and the handling of sexual violence in the legal process. Author’s abstract.


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