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Courting Violence: Offences Against the Person Cases in Court

Nigel Fielding


Courting violence analyses how the courts handle cases of physical violence. It examines how lawyers and judges go about questioning defendants, witnesses and victims; how testimony and physical evidence is used; what victims, witnesses and defendants think of the trial process; and the views of lay and professional participants about violent offences. The book is based on original fieldwork at criminal trials and interviews with those involved. It is known that courtroom language, and the handling of evidence, influences the outcome of cases, and that those unfamiliar with the courts may feel ... More

Keywords: courting violence, physical violence, courts, cases, criminal trials, fieldwork, crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel Fielding, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Surrey