Court reform processes: an international comparison
An open discussion with bar leaders and judges from across the globe
Monday 3 October 2022 16:30 – 20:00
Gray’s Inn Hall, London
In celebration of the opening of the legal year, this event will bring together bar representatives and senior judges from across the globe, who have been invited to London by the Bar Council, The Law Society and the UK’s Judicial Office. The event will be a unique opportunity to discuss bar and bench comparative experiences and the ways in which Court User Groups and technology have assisted in improving the delivery of real justice. The networking reception also presents a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with lawyers from across the globe.
16:30 - 16:40 - Welcome by The Rt Hon Lord Justice Dingemans
16:40 - 16:55 - Part 1: Court User Groups: comparative experiences
A panel session to discuss how different jurisdictions use Court User Groups (CUGs). The discussion will include which courts have CUGs, frequency of meetings, types of participants, decision-making abilities, and outcome of meetings.
Moderator: Hugh Mercer KC, Chair of the International Committee, Bar Council of England and Wales
- Dr John Sorabji, Barrister, Nine St John Street
- Peter Callens, President, Orde Van Vlaamse Balies
16:55 - 17:15 - Open discussion
17:15 - 17:30 - Part 2: Technology in the courts: comparative experiences
A panel session to discuss how the increasing introduction of digital processes has affected court proceedings. This session will discuss whether technology has increased collaboration and the abilities of court users to participate in proceedings, or whether the challenges of achieving real justice have increased.
Moderator: Alexandra Lennox, Director of LawTechUK
- Jason Chan, Vice President of Law Society of Singapore
- Karen Dovastan – Solicitor, Arbitrator, Dovaston Law, Family Law Committee Chair of the Law Society
17:30 - 17:50 - Open discussion
17:50 - 18:00 - Closing by The Rt Hon Lord Justice Dingemans
18:00 - 20:00 - Networking reception
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