About the workshop
Ongoing legal and judicial reforms focus on transforming the performance of court systems, in particular by dramatically enhancing court administration. These measures aim to reduce delays, clear backlogs and improve the quality, consistency and speed of delivery in judicial decision-making processes. They also aim to improve the experience of attending court for victims and witnesses and safeguard against the risks of corruption.
It is designed to look in depth at the management of court systems, enabling you to learn about new strategies for judicial administration. As well as those applied in England and Wales you will hear about approaches 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, based on ‘what works’. You will be introduced to a range of methods and processes and to select those most suited for adapting to your own judicial system.
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 effectiveness 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 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 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
• Approaches to managing court information projects effectively.