In the court of public opinion: attitudes towards the criminal courts

To establish the extent and nature of levels of trust and legitimacy, cooperation and compliance in the criminal justice system in South Africa, a detailed set of questions was fielded to 2 518 participants involved in the 2012 South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS). This nationally representative survey of the nation’s adult population has been conducted by the HSRC since 2003. The indicators used in the 2012 SASAS were identical to those tested in the fifth round (2010) of the European Social Survey (ESS), allowing comparisons to be made between South Africa and a wide range of European countries on attitudes towards the courts.

To establish the extent and nature of levels of trust and legitimacy, cooperation and compliance in the criminal justice system in South Africa, a detailed set of questions was fielded to 2 518 participants involved in the 2012 South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS). This nationally representative survey of the nation’s adult population has been conducted by the HSRC since 2003. The indicators used in the 2012 SASAS were identical to those tested in the fifth round (2010) of the European Social Survey (ESS), allowing comparisons to be made between South Africa and a wide range of European countries on attitudes towards the courts. - See more at: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-may-2013/in-the-court-of-public-opinion-attitudes-towards-the-criminal-courts#sthash.S9bL2Aoe.dpuf

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