In June the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies will be holding three webinars looking at ongoing changes to criminal justice administration in light of the public health measures taken to control COVID-19.

In partnership with the Open University, the webinars will look specifically at criminal justice in relation to lockdowns, social distancing and the use of digital technologies.

Webinar 1, Thursday 4 June, 9.00 - 10.30am (Bookings for this webinar are now closed)

The focus will be on the changes, practical challenges, and unintended consequences of instituting social distancing in various criminal justice settings.

Confirmed speakers
  • Jon Collins, Magistrates Association
  • Pippa Goodfellow, Standing Committee for Youth Justice
  • John Podmore, former prison governor
  • Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow

Webinar 2, Thursday 11 June, 9.00 - 10.30am

This session will explore the political dimensions to the COVID-19 changes, and the implications for criminal justice.

Confirmed speakers
  • John Pratt, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mary Corcoran, Keele University
  • Leandro Ayres França, Faculdade Estácio Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre

Webinar 3, Thursday 18 June, 9.00 - 10.30am

The third and final webinar will be considering the longer-term implications, and how a positive legacy for criminal justice might be achieved.


  • Vera Baird DBE QC, Independent Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales
  • Kathy Evans, Children England
  • Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations
  • Lachlan Stuart, former advisor to Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

Register your interest

We're expecting these webinars to be popular and we only have a limited number of places.

Please fill in the form below to register your interest in attending and we'll do our best to fit you in.