Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture 2015

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Date(s) - 20/10/2015
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Shearman & Sterling LLP


JUSTICE’s annual lecture is held in London, generally in mid-October. Each year, we select a high profile speaker – from practice, the judiciary, academia or politics – to lecture on a topical issue.

The 2015 annual lecture, The Crown Prosecution Service: Protector of victims’ and defendants’ rights will be given by Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions on Tuesday 20 October 2015 at Shearman & Sterling LLP, 9 Appold St, London EC2A 2AP.

The lecture is free, although donations are always welcome, and is open to the general public – JUSTICE members and Friends are given priority booking.

Download Alison Saunders’ speech

Tom Sargant

Tom Sargant was JUSTICE’s Secretary – broadly equivalent to today’s Director – from its foundation in 1957 to his retirement in 1982.

As a result of his commitment, persistence and determination, JUSTICE played a key role in taking up the cause of miscarriage of justice cases. His tireless campaigning resulted in some 25 people being released, or released early, from prison. He was instrumental in many of the cases featured in the BBC Rough Justice series.

Tom also played a major role in bringing about other key measures such as the creation of the office of Ombudsman and the establishment of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

He died in 1988.

You can read more about Tom Sargant and his work in this blog by Jon Robins.