Law, Policy and Practice
Dr Gabrielle Watson
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Law
Faculty of Law and Christ Church, Oxford
Dr Margaret Malloch
Associate Director (Postgraduate Research), SCCJR
Associate Professor/Reader in Criminology
University of Stirling
Announcing the Scottish Justice Fellows
19th November 2018
Winners of Scottish Justice Fellowships Announced FIVE PhD students have become the first recipients of a Scottish Justice Fellowship which will seem them turn their theses into research summaries and associated materials for policy makers and practitioners. We are delighted to announce the Fellows: Emma Forbes, Kirsty Deacon and Annie Crowley...
Scottish Justice Fellowships
Scottish Justice Fellows is a new initiative putting research to work. In this scheme, the Scottish Government, SCCJR and SIPR are partnering to support recent PhD scholars translate their research into outputs that can inform policy and practice. There is substantial untapped resource in PhDs completed in Scotland on policing, crime, justice and related issues and Fellowships aim to support...
The Scottish Prisons Commission: Ten Years On
In July 2008 The Scottish Prisons Commission (also known as the McLeish Commission) published its report Scotland’s Choice. This report culminated an eight month investigation of how Scotland uses prison and the range of factors that drive this, from inequality in society to arrest and sentencing practices. The report contained 23 recommendations covering an almost unprecedented range of...
Football Banning Orders in Scotland: Evaluating their operation
SCCJR is leading a team evaluating Football Banning Orders in Scotland. The research was commissioned by the Scottish Government and conducted between June and December 2010. The purpose of the evaluation is to consider the operation of the football banning order legislation to date and make recommendations to improve its use and effectiveness. The project is being led by Niall Hamilton-Smith...
Social Enquiry and Sentencing in the Sheriff Courts
This ESRC funded research project was a collaboration led by Simon Halliday, Neil Hutton and Cyrus Tata at the University of Strathclyde. The study used ethnographic methods to study the production of social enquiry (or pre-sentence) reports and their use by sentencers. A summary report of the project’s findings can be found in project documents, along with some related recent...
Gender Equality Duty and Scottish Criminal Justice – EOC Guidance
The Gender Equality Duty (GED) came into force in April 2007. It requires all public authorities to demonstrate that they are promoting equality for women and men, in terms of policy making, service delivery, regulation and employment, and that they are eliminating sex discrimination. The SCCJR worked with the EOC to develop the EOC Guidance and we have developed web based flowcharts to be read...
Review of the Aberdeen Problem-Solving Approach
Published: September 2018
The Aberdeen Problem-Solving Approach (PSA) has been running in Aberdeen Sheriff Court since November 2015 (for women) and since August 2016 (for young men). In line with theory and evidence on problem-solving justice, it aims to reduce the use of short custodial sentences and reduce reoffending by combining the authority of the court with support and rehabilitative opportunities to address the...
‘Home game’: domestic abuse and football
Published: February 2018
Increased reports of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) following football matches have been documented, within both quantitative studies and the media, leading to questions about the policy and practice responses required. However, qualitative research facilitating understanding of the apparent link between football and DVA is lacking. Drawing upon research with key stakeholders across England...