About the workshop
Ongoing legal and judicial reforms aimed at transforming the performance of court and tribunal systems and enhancing court administration have been severely impacted in many jurisdictions, partly as a result of 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?
This workshop is designed to look in depth at the management of court and tribunal 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
The workshop will include briefing sessions, discussions, case studies and visits. It has been designed to be flexible so it can be adjusted wherever practicable to meet your specific requirements and those of your organisation.
You will be able to:
• Learn about the latest changes to civil and criminal procedure from key figures involved in reform
• Use what you have learnt to analyse the effectiveness of your own courts system.
You will also be invited to give an informal presentation on your own system and to talk about the particular challenges faced in handling court administration in your own country
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
• Measuring and inspecting court performance
• New approaches to dealing with those involved in court proceedings, especially young people and vulnerable people
• The benefits of judicial case management.