Procedural and interactional justice: A comparative study of victims in the Netherlands and New South Wales

Malini Laxminarayan, Jens Henrichs, Antony Pemberton

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Justice evaluations have become a widely studied area in the past 25 years. Such research indicates that victims have numerous legal preferences, which are in tune with the theories of procedural and interactional justice. This study examines these theories with regard to victims and the justice system from a comparative perspective including the Netherlands and New South Wales. After outlining the victim's position in criminal justice, hierarchical regression analysis investigates several differences in perceptions of justice. Findings indicate that victims in the Netherlands perceived greater levels of process control and decision control, in addition to less improper treatment by the defence counsel. Accuracy and treatment by the police, prosecutor and judge were not significantly different between legal systems. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-275
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean journal of criminology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • comparative criminal justice
  • interactional justice
  • procedural justice
  • victim rights

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