About the workshop
Much has been done over the past 30 years to enhance access to justice in England and Wales. Improved witness and victim services, efforts to ensure consistency in sentencing approaches and rigorous service delivery performance measures have all been introduced, whilst the key principles of judgement by peers and an uncorrupted judiciary have been maintained. Achieving this balance has not been easy, particularly in a period of dramatic cuts to budgets, staff and resources and in the face of the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. Through seminar discussions, expert speaker presentations and court visits you will be exposed to the challenges and opportunities of the current justice transformation agenda and hear about the successes and the failures experienced.
What the workshop will cover
During the workshop you will be able to:
• Hear about the current reform agenda and how the justice sector is being modernised
• Experience approaches to delivering speedy, consistent and fair judgements
• Develop a wide range of techniques for improving the administration of justice and the running of courts
• Understand approaches to reducing the risks of unethical behaviour
• Use what you have learnt to analyse the effectiveness of your own courts system.
How participants will benefit
By the end of the workshop, you will learn about:
• The way the justice sector is organised and managed in England and Wales
• The current judicial reform agenda
• Initiatives to achieve speedy justice
• Approaches to achieving consistency in sentencing
• How to enhance ethical working and reduce the risks of corruption
• Measuring and inspecting court performance
• New approaches to dealing with those involved in court proceedings, especially young people and vulnerable people.