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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

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


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.

Pages:132 to 153
Section: Articles


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Author Biographies

University of Minnesota (Crookston Campus)
United States United States

Liberal Arts and Education Department

Assistant Professor

Washington State University
United States United States


Criminal Justice and Criminology Department

Assistant Professor

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2202-8005