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SCIENTIFIC INDICATORS OF CONFIDENCE IN JUSTICE: TOOLS FOR POLICY ASSESSMENT

Objective

EURO-JUSTIS (Justice Indicators) is a project designed to provide EU institutions and Member States with new indicators for assessing public confidence in justice. Member States are making growing use of social indicators to improve policy and its assessment, but limited progress has been made in criminal justice. Common-sense indicators based on readily available statistics – such as crime trends – have been used extensively. Much less attention has been paid to crucial but hard-to-measure indicators about public confidence in justice. Without such indicators, there is a risk that crime policies may become over-focussed on short-term objectives of crime control, at the expense of equally important longer-term objectives relating to justice. The project is based on the assumption that an effective justice system must assess itself not only against narrow criteria of crime control, but against broader criteria relating to people’s trust in justice and their sense of security. In the long term, public compliance with the law depends on the legitimacy of institutions of justice. Institutions command legitimacy if people recognise that they are fair, just and provide public security. The project will develop and pilot survey-based indicators of public confidence in justice – a term used here to embrace issues relating to fairness, trust and insecurity. It will assemble contextual data for interpreting the indicators – on the assumption that there are close relationships between public perceptions of justice and the substantive quality of justice as reflected in the workings of the justice process. It will develop tools for presenting and interpreting the indicators in ways that are intuitive and accessible. The project will aim not only to develop scientifically credible indicators but also to build some consensus across Member States about the importance of assessing crime policy against criteria of public confidence, making effective dissemination a priority.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

The Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR)
Address
Store Street 42
WC1E 7DB London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 91 372,30
Administrative Contact
Michael Hough (Prof.)

Participants (9)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 166 085,40
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean Xavier Boucherle (Dr.)
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 114 440
Address
Alexander Zhendov Street 5
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Boyko Todorov (Mr.)
The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations
Finland
EU contribution
€ 196 018
Address
Pitkansillanranta 3 A
00531 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaana Ryan (Ms.)
TARSADALOMTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 77 360,60
Address
Toth Kalman U 4
1097 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gabriella Szabó (Ms.)
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 624
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrew Farrell (Mr.)
NUSIKALSTAMUMO PREVENCIJOS LIETUVOJE CENTRAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 101 880
Address
Basanaviciaus 35/3
03109 Vilnius
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrejus Piliavecas (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 195 344
Address
Via Universita 12
43100 Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristiana Zani (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 166 849,70
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 210 970
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)