Magistrates, Magistrates Courts, and Social Change

27 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2007

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Sharyn Roach Anleu

Flinders University - Department of Sociology

Kathy Mack

Flinders University - School of Law

Abstract

Relatively little attention has been paid to lower courts' capacity to bring about social change, despite the fact that most citizens who come into contact with the judicial system will have their case considered (and most likely only considered) by these courts. Often these citizens experience a range of problems that are social in origin, including precarious employment, welfare dependence, financial hardship, and various health problems, including mental health and drug dependency. Magistrates courts must respond to social change and its human fallout and, in so doing, can contribute to progressive social change in a local, personal, and incremental way.

Suggested Citation

Roach Anleu, Sharyn and Mack, Kathy, Magistrates, Magistrates Courts, and Social Change. Law & Policy, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 183-209, April 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=972549 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9930.2007.00252.x

Sharyn Roach Anleu (Contact Author)

Flinders University - Department of Sociology ( email )

Adelaide, S.A, 5001
Australia
+61 8 8201 2122 (Phone)
+61 8 8201 3521 (Fax)

Kathy Mack

Flinders University - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide S.A. 5001
Australia
+08 8201 3627 (Phone)

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