Transforming Criminal Justice: Resolving cases, redressing miscarriages of justice and reducing reoffending

In Legal and Judicial Reform by Amanda Anderson

Duration: 1 week
Dates: 19 to 23 September 2022
Tuition fees: £2,250 (exc. VAT)

About the workshop
This one-week workshop looks at the key stages in handling criminal matters once a crime has been investigated and charges brought. It will consider, from the most minor of wrongs to the most grave, how cases are handled by the judicial system and the ways in which the various people involved – the victim, witnesses and the accused – are dealt with. It will also look at how appeals are processed, and possible miscarriages of justice redressed. It will examine the challenges in dealing with offenders, both in custody and in the community, and attempts to tackle recidivism and reduce reoffending.

What the workshop will cover
The workshop will concentrate on how criminal cases are resolved, how potential errors are dealt with and what efforts are made to reduce reoffending. It will focus in particular on the role of the courts, prisons and probation services. Issues explored will include:
• The current criminal justice reform agenda in the context of contemporary priorities
• How First Instance Courts deliver local justice
• Processes to achieve consistency in sentencing
• How performance in courts can be enhanced and delays reduced
• Ways in which possible mistakes and miscarriages of justice are tackled
• Approaches to handling offenders in custody and in society
• Initiatives to reintegrate ex-offenders into society and reduce reoffending
• How the pandemic has impacted on these issues.

How participants will benefit
The workshop will:
• Familiarise you with the way courts function at various levels from First Instance Magistrates Courts through Crown Courts to the Supreme Court
• Expose you to the work of the prison service and probation managers
• Describe accountability and oversight arrangements
• Look at special procedures for children in custody
• Provide you with an opportunity to compare experiences of reforming criminal justice in various countries
• Help you to identify practical ways of initiating relevant and sustainable change to enhance multi- agency working in the criminal justice sector on return to your own country.