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dc.contributor.authorBold-Wilson, Paula
dc.description.abstractConsidering the disproportionate number of Maori in the justice system, this presentation critically analyses the quality of legal representation Maori men receive in the system. Drawing on interviews with eight Maori men aged 18-30, the presentation challenges the discourses implicit within the terms ‘justice’ and ‘quality’. In this research, which employs Kaupapa Maori methodology, ‘quality’ is defined by the participants, and is used to assess their experience with their lawyers in the District Court. Three lawyers were also interviewed, to gain their perspectives on core participants’ representations. Findings indicate a need to critically examine: key aspects of the lawyer/client relationship, use of legal terminology, the range of legal options made available to clients, and lawyers’ willingness to defend non-guilty pleas. In addition, in response to these findings, the lawyers identified systemic issues such as inadequate resourcing, significant workloads, and problematic courtroom environments as factors which contribute to legal services that are less than ideal. Suggestions to improve the system are highlighted. A key argument in this presentation is that Kaupapa Maori methodology can not only provide an effective means to empower research participants, but also add value by enhancing social justice in an area that is not widely researched.en_NZ
dc.subjectMāori youthen_NZ
dc.subjectMāori menen_NZ
dc.subjectlegal representationen_NZ
dc.subjectsocial justiceen_NZ
dc.subjectindigenous methodologyen_NZ
dc.title"The injustice in justice." : An examination of the quality of legal representation young Māori men receive in the criminal justice systemen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Oral Presentationen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden160203 Courts and Sentencingen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden180102 Access to Justiceen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden180299 Māori Law not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationBold-Wilson, P.A. (2017, September). "The injustice in justice." An Examination of the quality of legal representation young Maori men receive in the criminal justice system. Paper presented at ANZSWWER 2017, Auckland University.en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleANZSWWER 2017en_NZ
unitec.conference.titleAustralian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) 2017en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgAustralian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER)en_NZ
unitec.conference.locationEpsom Campus, University of Auckland, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuTangata haraen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuPūnaha ture taiharaen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuKaupapa rangahauen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaSocial Practice

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