Current research


Current research

Digital legal rights for suspects 

An article has been published on detainees' legal rights, and potential barriers to access legal advice - see V. Kemp, 2020, 'Digital legal rights: Exploring detainees' understanding of their right to have a lawyer and potential barriers to accessing legal advice', Criminal Law Review 129-147. Penelope Gibbs (Transform Justice: 13 February 2020has written a Blog commenting on issues arising out of  this article - "Looking a gift horse in the mouth"

A second article, 'Authorising and reviewing detention' has been accepted for publication in July's edition of the Criminal Law Review. 

An earlier report, arising out of the research interviews with 100 detainees, was published in 2018: 'Digital legal rights for suspects: Users' perspectives and PACE safeguards'.  See Penelope Gibb's blog (2 December 2018) on this report - "Like being in the dog pound: the reality of police custody"


Digital legal rights for young suspects 

Funded by the Legal Education Foundation, 95 children and young people have been interviewed about their legal rights as suspects. This included vulnerable young people and those over-represented in the criminal justice system: young people in care, people with learning difficulties and/or mental health problems, and BAME individuals. The study highlights the current adult-centred approach adopted when dealing with children as suspects and the findings are intended to inform changes in policy and practice in requiring a child-centred system of justice.

Arising out of the interviews with children and young people, Vicky is working with Lesley Laver, a psychologist in designing an App to inform young suspects of their legal rights, test for understanding, and to screen for vulnerability. These digital resources will be co-designed by children and young people involved in the criminal justice system.