How do Criminal Defence Barristers Work with Psychological Distress throughout the Courtroom Process?
Prof Doc Thesis
Kelly, Lynsey 2015. How do Criminal Defence Barristers Work with Psychological Distress throughout the Courtroom Process? Prof Doc Thesis University of East London Psychology
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Whilst a significant proportion of those coming through the Magistrates’ Court have mental health difficulties and associated social disadvantage and vulnerability, there would appear to insufficient resources to meet their needs. Eight criminal defence barristers, who received no professional training in mental health, were interviewed about their experience of working with these clients. Thematic analysis of data, from a critical realist epistemological position, generated two themes. “Working with clients’ mental health difficulties” describes how mental health is constructed, identified, and defended; the systemic issues that may compromise the defence; barristers’ attempts to mitigate harm and manage distress; and finally, barristers’ own distress. “Professional anxiety” captures how barristers are strained by their recognition of a flawed system; conflicting obligations to the court and their client; and pressures of poor resources, feeling very responsible, and needing to present an illusion of confidence.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.15123/PUB.4538|
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|Deposited||21 Oct 2015|
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