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Standing AccusedThe Organization and Practices of Criminal Defence Lawyers in Britain$
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Mike McConville, Jacqueline Hodgson, Lee Bridges, and Anita Pavlovic

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198258681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258681.001.0001

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At the Office: Getting the Client's Story

At the Office: Getting the Client's Story

(p.128) 6 At the Office: Getting the Client's Story
Standing Accused

Mike McConville

Jacqueline Hodgson

Lee Bridges

Anita Pavlovic

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the client's story in the solicitor's office. The extent to which they are used to construct a case for the defence or to settle a plea, the detailed scrutiny given to the account of the client, and the meaning of the relationships that are established in these settings between clients and solicitors and their staff are explored. It is shown that legally aided clients are taught that the criminal justice system operates a clear hierarchy of credibility, the bottom rung of which they occupy. Defendants' cases often collapse in on themselves through a process in which their own adviser convinces them that it is pointless to continue with their case, whatever it is.

Keywords:   client, solicitor, office, criminal defence, criminal justice system, defendants

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