Procedural Justice Program


  • To examine the importance of procedural justice for enhancing citizens’: 1) trust in authority; 2) perceptions of authority legitimacy; 3) voluntary compliance and cooperation.
  • To improve the fairness of regulatory and enforcement processes.

About the program

The Procedural Justice Program investigates the importance of procedural justice for promoting citizens’ trust in authority, their perceptions of the legitimacy of authority, and their willingness to cooperate and comply with authority directives and rules. Led by Professor Kristina Murphy, as an international expert in the field of procedural justice and authority legitimacy, the program spans a number of regulatory contexts, including policing, corrections, taxation and environmental regulation.

Projects include:

  • Procedural justice in counter-terrorism policing
  • Policing ethnic minority communities
  • Policing victims of crime
  • Policing youth
  • Procedural justice in prisons
  • Procedural justice in enhancing private security legitimacy
  • Police attitudes to procedural justice
  • Procedural justice in the enforcement of tax non-compliance
  • Procedural justice: Understanding defiance and protest behaviour in relation to environmental infrastructure projects.

Program leader: Professor Kristina Murphy

Program team: Dr Adrian Cherney (University of Queensland); Dr Elise Sargeant (Griffith University); Dr Christine Bond (Griffith University); Dr Louise Porter (Griffith University); Dr Tanya King (Deakin University); Dr Lyndel Bates (Griffith University), Dr Natasha Madon (Griffith University); Dr William Wood (Griffith University)

Students: Ms Julie Barkworth; Ms Siobhan Allen; Mr Alistair Fildes; Mr Michael Akinlabi; Mr Jesse Fielder

Industry Partners: Queensland Police Service

Project Value: $1 million

Funding: Australian Research Council; Griffith Arts, Education and Law Group Strategic Funding

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