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.