Sitting in judgment: the working lives of judges (Hart, 2011): the story of the research project

Darbyshire, Penny (2012) Sitting in judgment: the working lives of judges (Hart, 2011): the story of the research project. In: Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference 2012; 3-5 Apr 2012, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This is an account of the research reported in a new book, SITTING IN JUDGMENT - THE WORKING LIVES OF JUDGES (Hart Publishing, 2011). This was a wide and deep observational project on the working lives of judges at every level of the English legal system, from district judges to the UK Supreme Court, in all six circuits and in family, civil and criminal courts. The project's aims were to find out what judges were like and what they did. The method used was work-shadowing 40 core-sample judges and interviewing a further 37. The project took over seven years and the author was allowed unlimited access to information. She sat next to the judges on the bench, travelled on circuit with High Court judges and was permitted to observe and report on the deliberations of appellate judges. The result provides an unparalleled insight. In this paper, Penny Darbyshire gives an account of the research, using this unique method, and outlines her main findings on the judges' working personalities, their approach and attitudes to work, court users and their working environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference 2012
Organising Body: Socio-Legal Studies Association
Research Area: Law
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law (until 2017)
Faculty of Business and Law (until 2017) > Kingston Law School
Depositing User: Christopher Manning
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2013 13:42
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2013 13:42
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/24538

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