Cyrus Tata, Dr

Professor

Personal Statement

My work centres on the relationships between law, discretionary decision-making and justice. The use of discretion is both essential and problematic to the principles of the Rule of Law. My work explores these issues – both in principle and through empirical observation. Most of my empirical work has been conducted in the context of criminal legal processes and criminal justice.

As well as contributing to academic knowledge, my work aims to inform policy and practice, and indeed broader public discourse. For example, I have addressed and advised legislatures, judiciaries, governments and non-governmental bodies around the world, and assist the media.

I teach undergraduates as well as postgraduates on the Master’s in Criminal Justice and Penal Change. I also supervise several doctoral students.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Sentencing Processes

  • Penal Policy and Penal Decision-Making

  • Pre Sentence Processes

  • Executive Release from prison

  • Criminal Process including plea decision-making, legal aid, prosecution and defence work

  • Access to Justice

  • Law, Discretion and Justice

  • The Use of Information and Communications Technology in Decision-Making

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    Research areas

  • sentencing; legal aid; discretionary decision-making; plea bargaining; criminal process; penal process; pre sentence reports; social work reports
  1. Just Emotions? The need for emotionally-intelligent justice policy

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

  2. Sentencing and plea bargaining: guilty pleas versus trial verdicts

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. How can prison sentencing be reduced?

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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Activities

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  1. Reducing the Use of Imprisonment in Sentencing & Penal Decision-Making

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

  2. Reducing the Use of Imprisonment in Sentencing & Penal Decision-Making

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

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Impact

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  1. Influence on judicial decision making and increased public understanding of sentencing practice through implementation of Sentencing Information System

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Public understanding, information and debate, Professional practice, training and standards

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