Lay Participation in Criminal Proceedings - Seminar 2

Hosted by the Department of Law

Zoom webinar


Abimbola Johnson

25 Bedford Row

Dr Samantha Fairclough

University of Birmingham

Catherine Hinwood

Ministry of Justice

Joanne Morrison

University of Kent

John Taggart

London School of Economics and Political Science


Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah

London School of Economics and Political Science

This event was recorded on 30 June, 2020. Click here to listen to the audio recording of the event. 

Click here for John Taggart's slides.

Click here for Dr Samantha Fairclough's slides. 

The LSE Department of Law is pleased to announce the second online seminar in a series 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. These barriers are likely to be exacerbated by greater use of technology and changes to procedure as a response to COVID-19. 

The seminars 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. By attending, 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. 


Abimbola Johnson (25 Bedford Row): "Lay Participation: The Practitioner's Role"

Dr Samantha Fairclough (University of Birmingham): “Rethinking Vulnerability in Criminal Trials: A more inclusive approach” 

Catherine Hinwood (Ministry of Justice): “Supporting Victims to Engage in the Criminal Justice Process: The Role of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors” 

Joanne Morrison (@sjomorrison) (University of Kent): “Communication Barriers to Meaningful Participation for Adult Witnesses with Intellectual Disabilities” 

John Taggart (@JohnTaggart90) (LSE): “Examining the Role of the Intermediary in the Criminal Justice System” 

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