Steven Cammiss

Steven CammissSenior Lecturer 
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2468

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LLB ( London) LLM ( London) PhD (Warwick)

I previously worked as a lecturer at The University of Birmingham before coming to Leicester in 2007 and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. My main research interests are in the field of the administration of criminal justice. I engaged in empirical research that utilises a theoretical approach. I am particularly interested in sociological and linguistic approaches to courtroom behaviour with a specific focus on narrative reproduction processes in the law. I have recently completed an empirical project on the operation of the Licensing Act 2003. He is a member of Leicester University Language and Interaction Research Assembly (LIRA).


  • 'Legal Research in the Humanities', in Watkins, D. and Burton, M., Research Methods in Law 2nd Ed. (2017) Abingdon: Routledge, with Watkins, D.
  • 'Swift and Sure Justice? Mode of Trial for Causing Death by Driving Offences' (2015) Criminology and Criminal Justice 15(3): 321-339, with Kyd Cunningham, S.
  • 'Courts and the Trial Process', in Hucklesby, A. and Wahidin, A., Criminal Justice 2nd Ed. (2013) Oxford: OUP.
  • 'Legal Research in the Humanities', in Watkins, D. and Burton, M., Research Methods in Law (2013) Abingdon: Routledge, with Watkins, D.
  • ‘Stories in Law: Providing Space for Oppositionists?’, in Freeman, M. and Smith, F. Law and Language, Current Legal Issues, Vol. 15 (2013) Oxford: OUP.
  • 'Law and Narrative: Telling Stories in Court' (2012) Law and Humanities 6: 130-143.
  • '"Careering out of Control": Decision-Making in Contested Cases under The Licensing Act 2003' (2012) Civil Justice Quarterly 31(1): 89-112, with Manchester, C.
  • '"It is not my intention to be a killjoy...": Objecting to a Licence Application - The Complainers', (2012) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 25: 369-392, with Manchester, C.
  • 'Application Process and Decision Making under the Licensing Act 2003' (2011) 4 Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, with Manchester, C.
  • Determining Mode of Trial: Exploring Decision Making in Magistrates' Courts (2009) VDM Verlag.
  • 'Modelling Mode of Trial' (2008) British Journal of Criminology 48: 482-501, with Stride, C.
  • 'Deciding upon Mode of Trial' (2007) Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 46(4): 372-384.
  • '"He goes off and I think he took the child": Narrative (Re)production in the Courtroom' (2006) Kings College Law Journal 17: 71-95.
  • 'The Management of Domestic Violence Cases in the Mode of Trial Hearing: Prosecutorial Control and Marginalising Victims' (2006) British Journal of Criminology 46: 704-718
  • '"I will in a Moment Give You the Full History": Mode of Trial, Prosecutorial Control and Partial Accounts' [2006] Criminal Law Review 38-51.


The administration of criminal justice, mode of trial, law and language.

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