The Disappearing Trial: What’s Justice in a World with More Guilty Pleas?

To many, the idea of justice conjures up distinct images. The wood-panelled courtroom. The gowned judge. A jury sitting attentively. Two sides fighting for justice, challenging evidence, and cross-examining witnesses.

In reality, the trial is disappearing, as more and more countries rely on guilty pleas and various forms of abbreviated proceedings instead. 

To mark the launch of a new report—The Disappearing Trial—Fair Trials are hosting a panel discussion to present the findings of a global research project which examined the use and spread of trial waiver systems across over 90 jurisdictions globally.


  • Juan Mendez is the former UN special rapporteur on torture.
  • Madeline deLone is executive director ot the Innocence Project.
  • Rodney Roberts is an exoneree.
  • Mary Greer is senior criminal law advisor for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative.
  • Ana Dulce Aguilar is project director for Instituto de Justicia Procesal Penal (Mexico).  

The panel will be followed by open discussion and light refreshments. 

Please RSVP to attend this event.

Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 3:005:00 p.m.