Young defendants and the dock: LSE seminar, Tuesday 14th November 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

06.11.17 | |

The seminar, which is free to attend, happens on Tuesday 14th November 2017, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. A reception follows. The location is the LSE, Clement House, Strand, room 2.02. 


The seminar brings together academics and legal professionals to analyse whether it is fair to put accused youths in an enclosed dock at a criminal trial.


Speakers drawn from the Bar: Abigail Bright, elected representative for barristers under seven years’ Call, Criminal Bar Association; Chris Henley, Q.C., elected Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association 


Academic speakers: Professor Linda Mulcahy and Assistant Professor of Criminology, Dr Meredith Rossner


Chair: Professor Peter Ramsay


The researchers conclude that confining a defendant to a dock undermines the presumption of innocence. 


Speakers reflect on the research in light of their practices and their work with young defendants.


Professor Linda Mulcahy will present her work on the history of the secure dock. She has digested the MoJ archives, and has some really interesting findings.  


Dr Meredith Rossner will present the results of an empirical study conducted together with colleagues in Australia: a series of mock trials with defendants in different locations in the courtroom. 


A summary of the research, together with the full paper, is available on request, sent via email. Requests may be sent to Abigail Bright at


You can register to attend here. 

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