Publications & Team

Current Research

Amy is currently working on a study of the implications of vulnerability and the meaning of participation in courts and tribunals, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The study involves a national and international review of policy and an empirical study of practice.

 

The research team comprises: Professor Penny Cooper (PI), Dr Jessica Jacobson, Gillian Hunter, Amy Kirby and Dr Emily Setty.

Background and Expertise

Amy joined ICPR in 2010, having completed a MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at King's College London in late 2009. She has a BA in Criminology from Lancaster University (2008).

During her time at ICPR Amy has worked on projects focusing on the criminal courts, sentencing, youth justice and joint enterprise. This includes a 20-month Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded study about victims', witnesses' and defendants' experiences of the Crown Court; a research review of the components of effective advocacy in youth proceeedings, commissioned by the Bar Standards Board in association with Ilex Professional Standards, and an exploratory study of how the doctrine of joint enterprise is applied in the prosecution of serious offences, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Amy is convener of the PGT Youth Justice module on the Law and Criminology postgraduate programmes at Birkbeck, University of London and is co-convenor of the Youth, Crime & Justice module of the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice programme at Birkbeck. She also undertakes supervision of Masters dissertation students.

Her research interests include the treatment of victims, witnesses and defendants within the court setting; lay adjudication; youth justice; joint enterprise and public attitdues to crime, justice and sentencing.

Amy is currently writing-up her doctoral thesis, which examines lay participation in the criminal courts, at the University of Surrey.  The study is funded by the ESRC and is supervised by Professor Nigel Fielding and Dr Paul Hodkinson.

Publications

'Effectively engaging victims, witnesses and defendants in the criminal courts: a question of "court culture"?'

  • Author(s) Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2017
  • LocationUK
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminal Law Review, Issue 12: 949-968

Prosecuting joint enterprise cases: seeking ways through the fog?

  • Author(s) Amy Kirby, Jessica Jacobson, Gillian Hunter
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationBritish Society of Criminology Newsletter, 79
  • Downloadsbscn_79_Kirby

Joint Enterprise

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Kirby, A. and Hunter, G
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminal Justice & Law Weekly, 180 (31)
  • DownloadsJoint Enterprise _ CL&J

Joint Enterprise: Righting a wrong turn?

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson, Amy Kirby, Gillian Hunter
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationPrison Reform Trust
  • DownloadsJoint Enterprise Righting a Wrong Turn

Is volunteering for everyone? Volunteering opportunities for young ex-offenders

  • Author(s) Kirby, A.
  • SubjectVolunteering, peer mentoring and the criminal justice system
  • Year2016
  • LocationUK
  • Publisher/PublicationSafer Communities, 15 (2)
  • Misc infoAdvanced online access. Available at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/SC-09-2015-0032

Evaluation of the Pre-Sentence RJ Pathfinder: February 2014 to May 2015

  • Author(s) Amy Kirby and Jessica Jacobson
  • SubjectCriminal justice agencies and services
  • Year2015
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationRestorative Solutions
  • DownloadsPre-sentence RJ Evaluation Report_Nov15

The Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review: Final Report

Structured mayhem: Personal experiences of the Crown Court

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson, Gillian Hunter, and Amy Kirby
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2015
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminal Justice Alliance
  • DownloadsCJAJ3555_CJA_Report_WEB

Inside Crown Court: Personal experiences and questions of legitimacy

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2015
  • LocationBristol
  • Publisher/PublicationPolicy Press

Public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences

  • Author(s) Kirby, A. and Jacobson, J.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLeeds
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminology & Criminal Justice, 14(3): 334-350
  • Misc infoOriginally published online 9 July 2013
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