Better Courts Conference 2015


Our Better Courts Conference 2015 brought together judges, practitioners, researchers and reformers from around the world to discuss the latest research and practice in court innovation.


The conference, which was held in London in February 2015, sought to revitalise the discussion around court innovation in the UK. It featured keynote presentations from Keir Starmer QC, Lord Justice Ernest Ryder, Lord Alexander Carlile, Professor Tracey Meares of Yale Law School and New Jersey’s Judge Victoria Pratt.


Participants spent two days discussing the latest research on procedural fairness and problem-solving courts as well hearing the first hand experiences of people putting those ideas into practice.


This page brings together presentations from the event and interviews with participants. Please note that the presentations were developed by the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centre for Justice Innovation.



Keynote session: Procedural fairness and the courts

Professor Tracey L Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Judge Victoria Pratt. Newark Community Solutions, New Jersey

Presentation: Enhancing procedural fairness


Keynote session: Reforming the Youth Courts

Lord Carlile

Presentation: Reforming the Youth Courts


Panel Discussion: Judges as leaders in court innovation

Jelena Popovic, Deputy Chief Magistrate, Victoria Courts Service, Victoria, Australia

Presentation: Judicial Leadership: Court support services in Victoria


Facilitated Workshop on Court Innovation

Stephen Whitehead

Presentation: Mapping the barriers to innovation

Presentation: Planning sustainable innovation


Breakout Session: Drug courts – a better solution to drug-related crime?

Jelena Popovic, Deputy Chief Magistrate, Victoria Courts Service

Melissa Labriola, Associate Director of Research, Center for Court Innovation

Presentation: Pre-sentence bail programs in Victoria

Presentation: Evidence-based practices in Adult Drug Courts


Breakout Session: Liaison and Diversion in courts

Linda Byrant, Director of Criminal Justice Services, Together for Mental Wellbeing

Vicki Heylar-Cardwell. Director of Research, Revolving Doors Agency

Katrina Lowther, Senior Nurse Practitioner, Knowsley & St Helen’s Criminal Justice Liaison Service

Presentation: Liaison and Diversion -National Roll out of court and police custody diversion service

Presentation: Liaison and Diversion in practice

Presentation: Liaison and Diversion in courts


Breakout session: Courts that work for young people

Ben Estep, Youth Diversion Programme Manager

Shauneed Lambe, Chief Executive, Just for Kids Law

Presentation: Youth Courts: Trend and Context

Presentation:  Courts that work for young people