Steven Cammiss

Steven CammissSenior Lecturer 
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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 engage 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 previously completed an empirical project on the operation of the Licensing Act 2003, while my PhD examined courtroom decision making through an empirical examination of the mode of trial decision in the magistrates' court.

My latest research project (completed with Prof Sally Kyd and funded by the Road Safety Trust) examined the enforcement of endangerment offences on the roads, such as careless driving, dangerous driving, and using a mobile telephone whist driving. Our findings focus upon how these offences are investigated and prosecuted, while a further strand of the research examined the perspectives of vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists. Our final report and executive summary are available.


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


  • 'Law as Narrative: Narrative Interpretation and Appropriation as an Element of Theft' (2019) Statute Law Review 40(1): 25-39.
  • '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.  Open access version
  • '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.  Open access version
  • '"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.  Open access version
  • '"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.  Open access version
  • 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.  Open access version,
  • '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.  Open access version
  • '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.

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