Public Defenders

The Bar Book Project​

Presenting Evidence of Disadvantage

The aim of the Bar Book Project is to provide readily accessible research summaries to assist lawyers and judicial officers for the purposes of sentence proceedings. 

The chapters of the Bar Book will collate authoritative research concerning the nature of various forms of disadvantage, and the potential impact of those experiences on persons coming into contact with the criminal justice system, along with applicable case law.

This resource is currently in development and will be available in late 2019.

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Relevant Papers

The Bar Book Project: Presenting Evidence of Disadvantage
by Sophia Beckett 
(conference paper, Public Defenders Criminal Law Conference 2019)

The Bar Book Project: Making Use of the Bar Book in Sentence and Section 32 Proceedings
by Rebecca McMahon
(conference paper, Legal Aid Criminal Law Conference 2019)