Author: Dr Stefan Machura, Bangor University

Day Two- Wednesday 26th June

Strand – Policing

Session Four: 9.30am – 11am

Courts and police are key institutions for modern society. How does trust in courts and in the police develop over time and how is it related to personal experiences, to media consumption, to discussions with other people and to education? We are focusing on law students who prepare for a role in the justice system and in dealing with conflicts.

In the 2010 predecessor study at Bangor University, trust among law students declined between first and final year. Would this result be repeated? To contextualise the influence of studying law, other factors need to be taken into account. Discussions with family and friends, various personal experiences from reporting to police to experience as witness or as party at court also were found to be important. The media form another source of information. They range from novels, news, to TV shows. The 2010 sample consisted of 64 first and 41 final year law students.

The 2012 study uses the questionnaire responses of 62 final year students at Bangor University Law School. The students were most likely to have as first year students taken part in the preceding survey. Multivariate analyses are conducted to explain trust in police and courts taking into account various factors influencing trust. The design allows compare 2012 final year student’s answers with those of the same cohort two years earlier and further with 2010 final year students.

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