Lay Participation in Criminal Proceedings

Hosted by the Department of Law

Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah

Assistant Professor of Law, LSE


The LSE Department of Law is pleased to announce a symposium on Lay Participation in Criminal Proceedings. 

Over the past two decades, there have been significant legal developments aimed at securing and enhancing the participation of complainants, witnesses and defendants in criminal trials. These developments include a statutory scheme for the use of special measures, the introduction of ground rules hearings, and changes to the rules on examination of vulnerable witnesses. Yet, there continue to be substantial barriers to the meaningful participation of lay people in criminal proceedings.

This one-day symposium will bring together academics, practitioners, policymakers, and other interested individuals, to discuss the role and experiences of lay participants in criminal proceedings, and encourage critical analysis of the concept of participation. Topics for discussion will include: barriers to meaningful participation; the use and effectiveness of special measures for vulnerable individuals; the implications of court reform and modernisation; and proposals to improve the experiences of defendants, complainants and witnesses in court. By attending the symposium, you will be helping to contribute to a better understanding of what it means for ordinary, lay people to participate in criminal trials, why participation is important, and what changes are necessary to facilitate meaningful participation.

Confirmed speakers: Olumide Adisa (University of Suffolk); Jodie Blackstock (JUSTICE); Phil Bowen (Centre for Justice Innovation); Penny Cooper (ICPR, Birkbeck, University of London); Alan Cusack (University of Limerick); Samantha Fairclough (University of Birmingham); Catherine Hinwood (Ministry of Justice); Jessica Jacobson and Amy Kirby (ICPR, Birkbeck, University of London); Rabah Kherbane (2 Bedford Row); Joanne Morrison (University of Kent); James Stoddart (NHS); John Taggart (LSE); and Natalie Wortley (Northumbria University)

Click here to see a full programme of the event. 

Registration is required. Click here to register via Eventbrite.




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