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University of Strathclyde

The Technology and Innovation Centre

99 George Street


G1 1RD

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Communicating Justice? Developing Emotionally Intelligent Criminal Justice (view programme)

Can Scotland achieve a more rational and progressive approach to criminal justice?

The evidence has long-pointed towards the more targeted use of imprisonment, a joined up system of criminal and social justice, and improved resourcing of community penalties and services. Yet the key policy road-block to rational and progressive policy is the fear of looking ‘soft’ in the eyes of the public. People can feel let down by and angry with a system that appears sterile and uninterested in allowing those affected to express themselves.

Is there any of way out of this quandary?

This National Conference brings together key decision-makers, policy officials and practitioners from across the justice system, as well as those with a direct experience of the system to challenge themselves, learn, discuss and debate.

Key questions include:

  • Can we develop an emotionally-intelligent approach which is also rational and progressive?

  • Is it possible for criminal justice to be both efficient and communicate meaningfully with victims and offenders?

  • How should the lessons from problem-solving courts and justice be harnessed ?

  • What can more emotionally-intelligent criminal justice offer practitioners? How can practitioners contribute to change?

Join Leading International and National Speakers Including:

  • In the Chair: Sheriff Alistair Duff (Director of the Judicial Institute)

  • Greg Berman (Director of the Center for Court Innovation, New York, USA) and Julian Adler (Director of Research-Practice Strategies, New York, USA): Reason, Compassion and Criminal Justice Reform: Lessons from New York

  • Prof Sharyn Roach Anleu (Flinders University, Australia): Communicating Justice: judicial officers and emotion work

  • Sheriff Lindsay Wood (Glasgow Sheriff Court: Communicating Effectively with Offenders: Experiences from the Drug Court

  • Karyn McCluskey (Chief Executive, Community Justice Scotland): Narratives of Redemption and Social Inclusion

  • James Docherty (Development Officer, Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland): Personal Reflections and Change: Experiences of the Justice Process

  • Mary Munro (Strathclyde University and Restorative Justice Forum): "Scotland and Restorative Justice: warm words but no action (yet)"

  • Prof Cyrus Tata (Strathclyde University) and Dr Fiona Jamieson (Edinburgh University): Meaningful Communication: the Missing Link in the Quest for Justice Reform?

  • Alan McCloskey, Director of Victim Support Scotland: Victim Perspectives

Who Should attend?

  • Policy Officials

  • Members of the Judiciary

  • Prosecution Lawyers

  • Defence Lawyers

  • Criminal Justice Social Workers

  • Third Sector (including those working with victims and offenders)

  • Academics and researchers

  • Those with personal experience of the justice system

  • Panel Members

  • Prison Service

  • Police Scotland

  • Students

  • Others with an interest in crime, punishment and justice

  • CPD available for lawyers, social workers, panel members

Thanks to SUII funding, the conference is free of charge but places are limited.

This is a Scottish Universities Insight Institute event allied to the SUII programme ‘Developing Restorative Justice in Scotland


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University of Strathclyde

The Technology and Innovation Centre

99 George Street


G1 1RD

United Kingdom

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