We work to improve perceptions of fairness and legitimacy in the justice system.
We champion and support innovations that emphasise procedural fairness. Research has shown that when citizens perceive the justice system to be fair, they are more likely to obey the law in the future—regardless of the outcome of their case. Procedural fairness prioritises treating people with dignity and respect, ensuring that they understand the process, that they have a voice, and that decisions are made neutrally.
We are committed to working to reduce racial disparities in the justice system. We seek to document and address racial disparities in the justice system, working with practitioners and policymakers to develop and implement practical solutions to ongoing racial disparities.
This report sets out a new model for a procedurally fairer court process for young adult defendants in England and Wales. Along with the model and its supporting evidence, the report contains a plan for areas who wish to implement the model.
Widespread distrust among British-born Black, Asian and Minority ethnic (BAME) people towards the British justice system is undermining the legitimacy of our criminal courts. This report looks at the origins of the lack of trust in the system, why perceptions of fairness and trust in the justice system matter and what can be done to improve the experience of court for BAME defendants.