On 16 September, the Ministry of Justice published what it described as a 'landmark White Paper' that the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, stated was 'the first step in a fundamental shift in our approach to sentencing, towards one that is fairer, smarter and ultimately better protects the public'. Whilst much of the pre-publication publicity focused on the proposals designed to ensure that certain violent and sexual offenders serve longer periods in custody, this wide-ranging White Paper also contains a number of measures designed to promote alternatives to custodial sentences, including a problem-solving court pilot scheme and proposals to reform community orders.
Speakers for the event include:
- Professor Andrew Ashworth (University of Oxford),
- Kate Aubrey-Johnson (Garden Court Chambers),
- Umar Azmeh (BCL Solicitors LLP),
- Phil Bowen (Centre for Justice Innovation) and
- Professor Nicola Padfield (University of Cambridge)
The event is also to be co-chaired by Professor David Ormerod QC – former Law Commissioner for criminal law in England and Wales.