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Delegates arrive and register – coffee and Danish
10.00am A word of welcome from Sir Christopher Bellamy, Chair of Competition Practice at Linklaters.
10.05am Introduction and Housekeeping from event Chair Reeta Chakrabarti.
In this session we propose not only to take stock of the role that the CCRC has played over the last 20 years, but also to survey the wider justice system as regards what has changed for better, or for worse, and address the question of whether our justice system is better today at delivering safe convictions than it was 20 years ago.
10.35am to 11.35am: Panel discussion
Professor Michael Zander – member of the Runciman Commission
Chris Mullin – former MP and campaigner
Sir David Calvert-Smith QC – former DPP and former Parole Board Chair
Dr Sharon Persaud – CCRC Commissioner
Michael O’Brien – wrongly convicted of murder
In this session we will be exploring the current state of play in the criminal justice system and ask: “What / where are the current sources of injustice and miscarriage of justice?”, “What does a modern miscarriage of justice look like?”, “What role does science and technology play today?” and “What should be our priorities for change?”
12.25pm to 1.25pm: Panel discussion
Richard Foster – Chair of the CCRC
Felicity Gerry QC – Carmelite Chambers
Sir Henry Brooke – The Bach Commission
Andrew Rennison – CCRC Commissioner
John Kamara – wrongly convicted of murder
The future of the criminal justice system and the CCRC’s role within it. This will be a forward looking session looking at the central practical and policy challenges. Where are the likely danger areas in the years ahead: resourcing, science and technology, or somewhere else? Looking forward, what else will the CCRC and the wider system need to do to guard against miscarriages, and to remedy them when they do arise?
2.50pm to 3.50pm: Panel Discussion
Professor David Ormerod QC – Law Commissioner
Professor Angela Gallop – CEO Forensic Access
Richard Heaton – Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice
Alexandra Marks CBE – CCRC Commissioner
Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP – Former Attorney General
3.50pm to 4.00pm: Reeta Chakrabarti – Summing up
4.00pm: Karen Kneller, CCRC Chief Executive – Closing remarks to 20th Anniversary Conference.