Criminal Justice: Access, Architecture, and Aspirations in a Post Covid-19 Future

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  • Cambridge Law Faculty published this video item, entitled “Criminal Justice: Access, Architecture, and Aspirations in a Post Covid-19 Future” – below is their description.

    The Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice, University of Cambridge held this webinar on 26th January 2021

    Co-chairs: Professor Nicola Padfield and Lorna Cameron

    The webinar explores:

    – The effects of design on access to justice through the criminal courts of England & Wales, the impact of remote access technology on the cultural heritage of the rule of law, and the design and resilience of future criminal courts.

    – The experience of the pandemic in the criminal courts, how it has affected our understanding of access to justice and implications for the future of the criminal courts.

    Panels discussed recent developments and the need for new research to inform future design resilience in courts.

    Panelists include:

    – Lorna Cameron, Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture, University of Lincoln

    – Dr Penny Cooper, barrister and visiting Professor, School of Law Birkbeck, University of London

    – Dr Vincent Denault, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Canada.

    – Dr Alex Jeffrey, Reader in Human Geography, Cambridge University

    – Dr Carolyn McKay, Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney Law School,

    – Dr Emma Rowden, Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory, Oxford Brookes University.

    Discussion 1 (03:05): Fair Access to Justice: Are ‘access to justice’ and ‘effective participation’ the same thing? How is access differentiated for individual needs of people attending court? How is this reflected in video-linked hearings where findings of fact are required?

    Discussion 2 (32:32): Place, Placemaking and Materiality: What makes a court? How have courthouses changed? What is a democratic model for a courthouse? What do physical court spaces provide which is missing in virtual or video linked spaces? What seem to be the pros and cons of using video linked hearings?

    Discussion 3 (01:01:40): Space, Thresholds and Interfaces: What tools do we have to understand how court spaces work? Are these virtual spaces ‘contested spaces’? Do we need design guide and protocols for the use of these spaces to assure fairness across all provision of video-linked spaces?

    Final Discussion (01:31:20): Future Research: recommendations for future research, analysis and enquiry.

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