Professor Cyrus Tata


Personal statement

My work centres on the relationships between law, discretionary decision-making and justice. The use of discretion is both essential and problematic to the principles of the Rule of Law. My work explores these issues – both in principle and through empirical observation. Most of my empirical work has been conducted in the context of criminal legal processes and criminal justice.

As well as contributing to academic knowledge, my work aims to inform policy and practice, and indeed broader public discourse. For example, I have addressed and advised legislatures, judiciaries, governments and non-governmental bodies around the world, and assist the media.

I teach undergraduates as well as postgraduates on the Master’s in Criminal Justice and Penal Change. I also supervise several doctoral students.


Has expertise in:

    • Sentencing Processes

    • Penal Policy and Penal Decision-Making

    • Pre Sentence Processes

    • Executive Release from prison

    • Criminal Process including plea decision-making, legal aid, prosecution and defence work

    • Access to Justice

    • Law, Discretion and Justice

    • The Use of Information and Communications Technology in Decision-Making


Just Emotions? The need for emotionally-intelligent justice policy
Tata Cyrus, Jamieson Fiona
Scottish Justice Matters Vol 5, (2017)
Sentencing and plea bargaining : guilty pleas versus trial verdicts
Tata Cyrus, Gormley Jay M.
Oxford Handbooks OnlineOxford Handbooks Online, (2016)
How can prison sentencing be reduced?
Tata Cyrus
Scottish Justice Matters Vol 4, (2016)
Sentencing and release from prison : the end of ‘automatic early release’?
Tata Cyrus
Scottish Justice Matters, (2016)
Sentencing and penal policy in the new Scotland : consultation on extending the presumption against short custodial sentences
Tata Cyrus
Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice, (2015)
A way forward on sentencing, rehabilitation and imprisonment
Tata Cyrus
Holyrood, (2015)

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Professional activities

Ritual Individualisation and Emotion Work at Sentencing and Conviction - Invited Speaker
Reducing the Use of Imprisonment in Sentencing & Penal Decision-Making
Restorative Practices: Foundational Skills - Intensive CPD Course
Academic Course Director - Restorative Practices: Intensive Skills CPD Course
Ritual Individualisation in the Criminal Process - Invited Speaker
From Custody to Community: Community Justice Scotland Conference

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Using big data analytics and genetic algorithms to predict street crime
Bellingham, Richard (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Fedorov, Maxim (Co-investigator) Quigley, John (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator) Tata, Cyrus (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2013 - 30-May-2015

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