Publications & Team

Current Research

Amy is currently working on an exploratory study of joint enterprise, a doctrine in common law which allows two or more individuals to be charged with the same criminal offence even when each has played a very different role in relation to the offence. The study involves a review of case files, with the aim of providing a preliminary analysis of how the doctrine of joint enterprise is applied in the prosecution of serious offences. The study is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Amy is also working on a study which involves mapping restorative justice provision across the criminal justice system in England and Wales. This research is being conducted on behalf of the Restorative Justice Council.

Background and Expertise

Amy joined ICPR in 2010, having completed a MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at King's College London in late 2009. She has a BA in Criminology from Lancaster University (2008).

During her time at ICPR Amy has worked on projects focusing on the criminal courts, sentencing, youth justice and restorative justice. This includes a 20-month Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded study about victims', witnesses' and defendants' experiences of the Crown Court; a Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Barrow Cadbury Trust funded study into volunteering opportunities for young adults with offending backgrounds and studies exploring public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences and youth crime on behalf of the Sentencing Council and Home Office, respectively.

Most recently, Amy has carried out a research review of the components of effective advocacy in youth proceeedings, commissioned by the Bar Standards Board in association with Ilex Professional Standards, and an evaluation of pre-sentence restorative justice on behalf of Restorative Solutions and Victim Support.

Her research interests include the treatment of victims, witnesses and defendants within the court setting; lay participation; youth justice; restorative justice and public attitdues to crime, justice and sentencing.

Amy is currently studying part-time for an ESRC-funded PhD in Sociology at the Universtiy of Surrey. Her thesis is on witnesses' and defendants' understanding and perceptions of the role of lay participants (juries and lay magistrates) in the criminal courts. She is also co-convening the Youth, Crime & Justice module of the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice programme at Birkbeck, University of London.


Prosecuting joint enterprise cases: seeking ways through the fog?

  • Author(s) Amy Kirby, Jessica Jacobson, Gillian Hunter
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationBritish Society of Criminology Newsletter, 79
  • Downloadsbscn_79_Kirby

Joint Enterprise

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Kirby, A. and Hunter, G
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminal Justice & Law Weekly, 180 (31)
  • DownloadsJoint Enterprise _ CL&J

Joint Enterprise: Righting a wrong turn?

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson, Amy Kirby, Gillian Hunter
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2016
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationPrison Reform Trust
  • DownloadsJoint Enterprise Righting a Wrong Turn

Is volunteering for everyone? Volunteering opportunities for young ex-offenders

  • Author(s) Kirby, A.
  • SubjectVolunteering, peer mentoring and the criminal justice system
  • Year2016
  • LocationUK
  • Publisher/PublicationSafer Communities, 15 (2)
  • Misc infoAdvanced online access. Available at:

Evaluation of the Pre-Sentence RJ Pathfinder: February 2014 to May 2015

  • Author(s) Amy Kirby and Jessica Jacobson
  • SubjectCriminal justice agencies and services
  • Year2015
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationRestorative Solutions
  • DownloadsPre-sentence RJ Evaluation Report_Nov15

The Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review: Final Report

Structured mayhem: Personal experiences of the Crown Court

  • Author(s) Jessica Jacobson, Gillian Hunter, and Amy Kirby
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2015
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminal Justice Alliance
  • DownloadsCJAJ3555_CJA_Report_WEB

Inside Crown Court: Personal experiences and questions of legitimacy

  • Author(s) Jacobson, J., Hunter, G. and Kirby, A.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2015
  • LocationBristol
  • Publisher/PublicationPolicy Press

Public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences

  • Author(s) Kirby, A. and Jacobson, J.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2014
  • LocationLeeds
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminology & Criminal Justice, 14(3): 334-350
  • Misc infoOriginally published online 9 July 2013

Effective participation or passive acceptance: How can defendants participate more effectively in the court process?

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