Additions, Omissions, and Transformations in Institutional 'Retellings' of Domestic Violence cases

P. Canning, Nick Lynn

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Abstract

In this paper we examine how UK police officers investigating domestic violence (DV) make a formal written case to Crown Prosecutors. Using rarely accessed ‘management guidance’ reports (MG3 forms) we analyse how police officers’ written contributions appeal to relevance and how they can ‘nudge’ prosecutors towards particular methods of case disposal, specically, the ‘Simple Caution’. We propose that linguistic strategies can reduce the likelihood of convictions, and we raise serious concerns about the impact of police officers’ institutional ‘retellings’ in the pursuit of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-138
JournalLanguage and Law
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Ear witness
  • eye witness
  • speaker recognition
  • forensic speaker identication
  • forensic voice comparison

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