1st Edition

Covid-19 and Criminal Justice Impact and Legacy in England and Wales

Edited By Ed Johnston Copyright 2023
    254 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection presents a unique and diverse range of contributions on challenges faced by criminal justice in England and Wales in the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

    The book brings together leading experts to examine the impact of the pandemic on policing and criminal procedure, prisons, and the post-conviction stage of the system. The work further explores the lessons that may be learned and explores the relevance of these lessons for the wider criminal justice system. The reader will gain substantial insight into contemporary challenges in these areas, through original analysis and argument. The experience of England and Wales during the pandemic will also be of interest to the wider international community who will have encountered many of the issues raised in this collection.

    The book will be essential reading for researchers, academics, and policymakers involved in criminal justice.

    1 Introduction

    Ed Johnston 

    2 Policing Domestic Abuse: No ‘Freedom Day’ for Victims of Coercive and Controlling Behaviour 

    Mandy Burton

    3 Covid-19—An Unprecedented and Novel Predicament or the Ultimate Metaphor for Contemporary Policing?

    David Houchin  

    4 Legal Advice at Police Stations and the Long-Term Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic 

    Ed Cape 

    5 A Child’s Journey through Police Custody and Their Legal Rights

    Vicky Kemp & Nicola Carr 

    6 Tipping the Scales of Justice: Covid-19 and Detention without Trial

    Mike McConville and Luke Marsh 

    7 The ‘Covid Fine’ and Fair Trial Rights

    Elaine Freer 

    8 Covid-19 and Technologically Enhanced Trials under the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Act 2022: Have Remote Jury Trials Shifted from Criminal Justice Fiction to Virtual Reality? 

    Daniel Jasinski 

    9 Covid-19 and the Jury Trial

    Madeleine Millar, Loren Aliu, Rebecca K. Helm, and Qi Chen 

    10 Contextualising the Impact of the Covid-19 Lockdown on Ethnic Minority Prisoners

    Avril Brandon and Gavin Dingwall 

    11 ‘Expectations vs Reality’: How Can the Levels of Self-Harm during the Covid-19 Prison Lockdown Inform Future Policy and Practice?

    Jessica Gallagher  

    12 Learning from the Covid-19 Pandemic: Probation’s Role in Providing Health-Related Support

    Coral Sirdifield, Helen Nichols, and Phillip Mullen 

    13 The Impact of Covid-19 on Circles of Support and Accountability: Process, Impact, and Legacy

    Kieran McCartan, Robin J. Wilson, and Rosie Kitson-Boyce


    Dr Ed Johnston is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Procedure at the University of Northampton, UK. His research is focused on criminal justice and procedure, and he specialises in the disclosure of evidence in criminal proceedings, the role of the defence lawyer, and suspects’ rights.