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Crowne Plaza Stratford Upon Avon

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CV37 6YR

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The theme of this year's conference is THE CHANGING FACE OF JUSTICE, so please join us for an interactive look at the future of the magistracy against the backdrop of the wider justice system.

You will have the opportunity to network with magistrates from around the country, hear from key figures in law, government, and the criminal justice system, participate in thought-provoking breakout sessions, and meet MA officers and staff. We will be exploring trends, developments and changes in legislation across an array of topical issues, including mental health, stalking, innovations in information technology, intersectional approaches to justice, and MUCH MORE!

See below for an outline programme and confirmed speakers to date.

Outline Programme:

08:30 – 09:30: Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:30 - 10:50: Annual General Meeting

10:50 – 11:00: Break

11:00 – 11:05: Welcome and introduction, John Bache, MA Chair

11:05 – 12:05: Panel Session: The Changing Face of the Magistracy

An exploration of the issues around recruiting full and part time employees to the magistracy, as well as representation of marginalised communities within the magistracy.

Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive and Board member, HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Paul Twocock, Interim Chief Executive, Stonewall

Karen Quinn, Chair of Triple A (All About Autism)

Shaun Delaney, Volunteering Development Manager, NCVO

Natasha Broomfield-Reid, Founder of Diverse Matters

12:05 – 12:35: Keynote - Lady Justice Macur, Senior Presiding Judge

12:35 – 13:20: Lunch and exhibition

13:20 – 14:20: Breakout sessions

1: Stalking - Led by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Restoring the balance: an exploration of how stalking perpetrators manipulate family and civil courts to continue their pattern of stalking behaviours.

2: New General guideline and Expanded Explanations - Led by the Sentencing Council

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales was set up to promote greater transparency and consistency in sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. It is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice and replaced the Sentencing Guidelines Council and the Sentencing Advisory Panel in April 2010.

The primary role of the Council is to issue guidelines on sentencing which the courts must follow unless it is in the interests of justice not to do so.

14:20 – 15:20 Breakout sessions

1: The role of the courts in responding to societal problems

This session will look at the trend towards the criminalisation of activities that would previously not have been regarded as crimes, including issues around hate crime online and freedom of speech, coercive and controlling behaviour, substance abuse and so on.

Mary Ryan, Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

Professor Peter Squires, Institute of Criminal Justice Research

Phil Bowen, Director, Centre for Justice Innovation

2: Innovations and technology in justice

This session will look at the future of technology in the UK, exploring its potential impact on magistrates and the justice system as a whole.

Dr Paul Dawson, Head of Research at Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

Dr Daragh Murray, Senior Lecturer, Essex University School of Law

Dr Julie Doughty, Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University, trustee and founder member of The Transparency Project

15:20 – 15:30: Break

15:30 – 16:30: Panel Session - Interactions between inequality and justice

An exploration of how a range of factors such as race, class, and gender may shape or determine differences in the way individuals interact with both criminal and family courts.

Dr Alpa Parmar, Departmental Lecturer in Criminology at University of Oxford, Associate Director at Border Criminologies and non-judicial member of the Sentencing Council

Paul Dillane, David Davies of Llandinam Fellow in International Relations, LSE; Member, UK Government LGBT Advisory Panel; Signatory, Yogyakarta Principles plus 10

Katrina Ffrench, Chief Executive of Stopwatch

Polly Harrar, Founder of The Sharan Project

Carolyn Housman, Chief Executive Officer of Children and Families across Borders

16:30 – 17:00: Keynote - Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division

Sir Andrew will be sharing his views on the current challenges facing the family justice system and what future reforms may be required.

17:00: Close and Exhibition

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