Where Do We Stand? An Exploratory Analysis of Confidence in African Court Systems

  • Francis Danso Boateng University of Minnesota (Crookston Campus)
  • David A Makin Washington State University

Abstract

As an exploratory analysis, this research investigates the factors influencing public confidence in the court systems of five African nations; namely, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Zambia. Incorporating frequency descriptive measurements and ordinal logistic regression, this research provides a comparative assessment across varying political, cultural, social and historical contexts to foster continued research within the criminal justice institutions, specifically the courts. The findings indicate that public confidence in the courts remains high, despite popular speculation to the contrary. There were, however, varying levels of confidence between the five nations; differences at theoretical and practical levels are discussed.

Published
Dec 1, 2016
How to Cite
BOATENG, Francis Danso; MAKIN, David A. Where Do We Stand? An Exploratory Analysis of Confidence in African Court Systems. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 4, p. 132-153, dec. 2016. ISSN 2202-8005. Available at: <https://www.crimejusticejournal.com/article/view/291>. Date accessed: 28 july 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v5i4.291.

Keywords

Justice system, public confidence, Africa, courts.
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