Conservative Party Conference Fringe Event | What Should Access to Justice Mean in Practice?

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Date(s) - 04/10/2016
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Conservative Party Conference


At a time of political uncertainty and radical reform of the justice system, how do we ensure access to justice?

Against the backdrop of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the justice system is also grappling with some other momentous changes: the £700m+ reform programme of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals; the creation of the ‘Online Court’; Lord Justice Briggs’ review of the civil justice system and Sir Brian Leveson’s review of efficiency in criminal proceedings; huge increases in court and tribunal fees; and the increase in litigants in person, of McKenzie friends and Pro-Bono schemes in response to cuts in legal aid.

Our panel will discuss what access to justice should mean in practice and how we can reasonably expect to deliver it in the current economic and political climate.

Panellists include:

  • Robert Buckland QC MP, Solicitor General for England and Wales, Patron of Tory Reform Group
  • Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Chairman of the Bar
  • John Hughes, President of Birmingham Law Society
  • Andrea Coomber, Director of JUSTICE
  • Chair: The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Chairman of the Executive

Please note that the Fringe Event will be taking place within the secure zone – conference pass will be required for admission.