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Victims as Prosecutors: England 1800–1835

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Arts and Social Sciences, Department of History, The University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
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Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University, Penrith 2751, Australia
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Societies 2019, 9(2), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9020031
Received: 26 February 2019 / Revised: 8 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 24 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Access to Justice: Historical Approaches to Victims of Crime)
This paper examines the role of the victim through the prism of prosecutor in the first third of the nineteenth century when England did not have a public prosecutor or national police force and most crimes were prosecuted in the courts by the victim. The selection of cases is drawn from a larger investigation of female offenders punished by transportation to New South Wales, Australia. The cases demonstrate the diversity of victims, the power they held as prosecutors and highlight the process from apprehension to conviction. Historical records of regional English Assizes and Sessions were investigated to identify the victim and record the prosecution process. View Full-Text
Keywords: victims; women; crime; death penalty; transportation; historical records; archives victims; women; crime; death penalty; transportation; historical records; archives
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Reynolds, K.M.; Liston, C. Victims as Prosecutors: England 1800–1835. Societies 2019, 9, 31.

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