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Lawyers Network: Preventing the criminalisation of children in care

The Howard League lawyers’ network provides a forum for professionals to discuss key legal penal reform issues.

The group meets regularly to discuss and debate legal issues arising from our legal and policy work. It is open to members of the legal profession and others who have an interest in penal reform.

Recent events

What if the dock was abolished in criminal courts? was held on Wednesday 22 January 2020 at Garden Court Chambers


The event launched a think piece by Professor Linda Mulcahy, University of Oxford, Dr Emma Rowden, Oxford Brookes University and Associate Professor Meredith Rossner, which advocates for the abolition of the dock in English and Welsh courtrooms and aimed to stimulate debate among practitioners on how to challenge the routine use of the dock for child and adult defendants in criminal proceedings.

What if the dock was abolished in criminal courts? pamphlet can be downloaded here.

Children and imprisonment: global perspectives, national practices, rights and remedies

A Howard League lawyers’ network event in association with the Standing Committee for Youth Justice and Doughty Street Chambers Children’s Rights Group was held on 17 December 2019 at Doughty Street Chambers.

The event was chaired by Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Doughty Street Chambers with presentations by:

Reducing the criminalisation of looked after children at the police station masterclass was held on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at Garden Court Chambers.

This event, chaired by Kate Aubrey-Johnson, Barrister and mediator, Garden Court Chambers included presentations by:  

Representing looked-after Children at the police station: a step-by-step guide for lawyers was launched the event.

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