About the workshop
Ongoing legal and judicial reforms aimed at transforming the performance of court systems and enhancing court administration have been severely impacted in many jurisdictions by the lockdowns and other restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A new urgency is called for to reduce delays, clear backlogs and improve the quality, consistency and speed of delivery in judicial decision-making processes. All this needs to be achieved whilst safeguarding against the risks of corruption. What does all this mean for the experience of attending court for victims and witnesses – either in person or, increasingly attending virtual hearings.
The workshop is designed to look in depth at the management of court systems and the current challenges faced, enabling you to learn about the latest approaches to judicial administration. As well as those applied in England and Wales you will hear about initiatives in other jurisdictions. You will have the opportunity to look at courts at various levels from First Instance Magistrates Courts to the Supreme Court, emphasising pragmatic, applicable approaches for implementing change and rebuilding services based on ‘what works’.
What the workshop will cover
During the workshop you will be able to:
• Learn about the latest changes to civil and criminal procedure from key figures involved in reform
• Develop a wide range of techniques for improving the administration of justice and the running of courts
• Use what you have learnt to analyse the effective- ness of your own courts system.
How participants will benefit
By the end of the workshop, you will learn about:
• The current judicial reform agenda in England and Wales
• Initiatives to clear backlogs
• 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 the young and the vulnerable
• The importance of an overall modernisation strategy
• The benefits of judicial case management
• The role of e-systems in the justice sector
• Methods of ensuring consistent judicial information resources
• Information management-based approaches to enabling extempore appeal judgements.