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Constructing Victims' Rights
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Constructing Victims' Rights: The Home Office, New Labour, and Victims

Paul Rock

Abstract

Despite plentiful discussion at various times, the personal victim has traditionally been afforded almost no formal role in the criminal justice process. Victims' rights have always met with stout opposition from both judges and the Lord Chancellor, who have guarded defendants' rights; the maintenance of professionally-controlled and emotionally unencumbered trials; and the doctrine that crime is at heart an offence against society, State, or Sovereign. This book provides a detailed account of how this opposition was overcome, and of the progressive redefinition of victims of crime, culminatin ... More

Keywords: criminal justice, victims' rights, Lord Chancellor, New Labour, new managerialism, restorative justice, human rights, race and racism, Stephen Lawrence, rape victims

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199275496
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275496.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Rock, author