The survey is for any magistrate who currently sits in adult criminal court. It explores magistrates' experience of the immaturity of a defendant/offender, both in terms of:
- maturity being raised as a factor in relation to how it affects defendants opportunities to effectively  and fairly participate in proceedings, and
- where lack of maturity is raised as a mitigating factor in sentencing 18-24 year olds

This is the first phase of a MA research project into immaturity, which is being funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. The purpose of the project is to carry out research to assess magistrates understanding of immaturity, then develop resources to help magistrates better understand the concept of maturity, its impact on offending and courtroom behaviour, and its implications for sentencing and other court decisions. 

If you have any queries, please contact Hattie Stair at hattie.stair@magistrates-association.org.uk

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* 2. How often do you see the immaturity of the defendant/offender raised in court?

  Very often Quite often Sometimes Rarely Never
In relation to decisions on ensuring the fair and effective participation of a defendant?
In relation to sentencing decisions, as a mitigating factor?

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* 3. In your experience, who is most likely to raise the immaturity of the defendant in relation to ensuring their effective and fair participation? 

Please rank in order of the most likely to raise immaturity (as 1) to the least likely to raise immaturity (as 5)

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* 4. If other, please list who else might raise immaturity:

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* 5. In your experience, who is most likely to raise the immaturity of the offender as a mitigating factor in relation to sentencing decisions?

Please rank in order of the most likely to raise immaturity (as 1) to the least likely to raise immaturity (as 5)

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* 6. If other, please list who else might raise immaturity:

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* 7. How confident are you in responding appropriately to immaturity, if it is raised as an issue:

  Very confident Quite confident Somewhat confident Not very confident Not confident at all
In relation to how it affects the effective and fair participation of the defendant?
In relation to how it affects sentencing decisions as a mitigating factor?

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* 8. What do you think would help you feel more confident in responding appropriately to ensure an immature defendant can effectively and fairly participate in court proceedings? (Please select as many as you feel are appropriate)

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* 9. What do you think would help you feel more confident in dealing with immaturity as a mitigating factor? (Please select as many as you feel are appropriate)

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* 10. If you answered in Q9 that you would benefit from more information about the offender, how should this information be introduced? (Please tick as many as you feel are appropriate)

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* 11. Would you consider the immaturity of a defendant/offender as an important factor for other court decisions, including: 
(Please tick as many as you think appropriate)

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* 12. If you have any further comments on the issue, please add them here:

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* 13. We will be carrying out further research on this topic over the summer via focus groups. If you are interesting in getting involved in either running or being part of these, please provide us with your contact details here:

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