Published in 1999. Scottish criminal law and procedure are very different from their counterparts elsewhere in the United Kingdom. This book is the first socio-legal account of the Scottish criminal justice process and its constituent institutions. Its aims are: to explain the operation of the various elements which make up the ‘system’; to summarise the considerable volume of relevant Scottish research; and to locate this knowledge within contemporary theorising about criminal justice. To this end, the editors commissioned a team of experts to write chapters on the various stages of institutions of the Scottish criminal justice process. Given Scotland’s broad social and cultural similarities to the rest of the United Kingdom, the book also provides a useful comparative perspective which should help to discourage the tendency towards overly ethnocentric theorising south of the border.

chapter 1|13 pages


ByPeter Duff, Neil Hutton

chapter 2|24 pages

Crime Trends in Scotland Since 1950

ByDavid J. Smith, Peter Young

chapter 3|18 pages

Crime Statistics and the ‘Problem of Crime’in Scotland

BySimon Anderson

chapter 4|18 pages

Classifying Scottish Criminal Procedure

ByChristopher Gane

chapter 6|21 pages

Situating Scottish Policing

ByNeil Walker

chapter 7|16 pages

The Prosecution Service: Independence and Accountability

ByPeter Duff

chapter 8|15 pages

Criminal Justice Responses to Bail Abuse

ByFiona Paterson

chapter 9|20 pages


ByClare Connelly

chapter 10|16 pages

Sentencing in Scotland

ByNeil Hutton

chapter 11|16 pages

The Fine as an Auto-Punishment: Power, Money and Discipline

ByPeter Young

chapter 12|30 pages

Community-based Disposals

ByGill McIvor, Bryan Williams

chapter 13|15 pages

Imprisonment and Other Custodial Sentences

ByJim McManus

chapter 14|19 pages

Preventing Offending by Children and Young People in Scotland

ByStewart Asquith, Mike Docherty

chapter 15|22 pages

Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice

ByDerek Chiswick

chapter 16|18 pages

Women and the Scottish Criminal Justice System

ByMichele Burman

chapter 17|17 pages

Scottish Ethnic Minorities, Crime and the Police

ByJason Ditton

chapter 18|16 pages

Victims of Crime

BySue Moody

chapter 19|20 pages

Privatisation, Policing and Crime Control: Tracing the Contours of the Public-Private Divide

ByNicholas R Fyfe, Jon Bannister