Publications & Team

Current Research

Amy is currently working on an exploratory study of joint enterprise, a doctrine in common law which allows two or more individuals to be charged with the same criminal offence even when each has played a very different role in relation to the offence. The study involves a review of case files, with the aim of providing a preliminary analysis of how the doctrine of joint enterprise is applied in the prosecution of serious offences. The study is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Amy is also working on a study which involves mapping restorative justice provision across the criminal justice system in England and Wales. This research is being conducted on behalf of the Restorative Justice Council.

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 restorative justice. This includes a 20-month Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded study about victims', witnesses' and defendants' experiences of the Crown Court; a Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Barrow Cadbury Trust funded study into volunteering opportunities for young adults with offending backgrounds and studies exploring public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences and youth crime on behalf of the Sentencing Council and Home Office, respectively.

Most recently, Amy has carried out 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 evaluation of pre-sentence restorative justice on behalf of Restorative Solutions and Victim Support.

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

Amy is currently studying part-time for an ESRC-funded PhD in Sociology at the Universtiy of Surrey. Her thesis is on witnesses' and defendants' understanding and perceptions of the role of lay participants (juries and lay magistrates) in the criminal courts. She is also co-convening the Youth, Crime & Justice module of the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice programme at Birkbeck, University of London.

Publications

Effective participation or passive acceptance: How can defendants participate more effectively in the court process?

Judged by peers? The diversity of lay magistrates in England and Wales

  • Author(s) Gibbs, P. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationHoward League 'What is Justice?' Working Paper
  • DownloadsHLWP_6_2014.pdf

Supporting fair and respectful treatment of witnesses

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationICPR
  • Misc infoAlso published on The Advocate's Gateway website: http://www.theadvocatesgateway.org/resources
  • Downloadsicpr_witnesses.pdf

Supporting the effective participation of defendants in court proceedings

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationICPR
  • Misc infoAlso published on The Advocate's Gateway website: http://www.theadvocatesgateway.org/resources
  • Downloadsicpr_defendants.pdf

Crime and ‘Community’: Exploring the scope for community involvement in criminal justice

Inside the Crown Court

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationBirkbeck, University of London
  • Misc infoBBK Review 2013; Issue 32: 40-41.
  • Downloadscrown_court.pdf

Out of the shadows: Victims' and witnesses' experiences of the Crown Court

The role of public opinion in formulating guidelines

  • Author(s) Hough, M. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2013
  • LocationOxford
  • Publisher/PublicationOxford University Press
  • Misc infoIn A. Ashworth and J.V. Roberts (eds.) Sentencing Guidelines: Exploring the English model, pp. 140-156.

Improving the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime Consultation – a response from the Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Assessing young people in police custody: an examination of the operation of Triage schemes

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