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 firstname.lastname@example.org