Date / time
Date(s) - 19/10/2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Our annual Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture 2022 will take place over Zoom at 6:30pm on 19 October 2022.
This year’s lecture will be delivered by Geoffrey Robertson KC, and is entitled “Rhetoric and Reality in Free Speech Reform”.
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. Each year, we recognise Tom’s work by inviting a high profile speaker – from practice, the judiciary, academia or politics to speak at the Memorial Lecture.